A tribute to and a lament for Marshall McLuhan.  Five days a week, Tuesday through Saturday, I present one of McLuhan’s observations and talk about its relevance today.  300 ideas. 300 days.  300 posts.

Where do you get your information?

Marshall McLuhan (Fall 1953, age 42).  Books!

“Marshall, must you spread your books throughout the house?”

“No, Corinne, but it serves me to do so.  It reminds me of what I have read.  Also I like to pick a book up and dip into it every now and again to add to and refresh my memory.  Having them about me this way is a great help.”

Me (July, 2010, age 57).  Books!

While McLuhan enjoyed talking to people, Philip Marchand says he got most of his information from books.  On average, says Marchand, McLuhan read 35 books a week, which seems like a lot, even for a university professor.  I get most of my ideas for this blog from books, but not exclusively from books.  On average, though, I cannot say I read more than two books a week. (May be – like McLuhan – I should skim more.)

Where do you get your information?  How many books do you read in a week?

Cordially, Marshall and Me

 

Reading for this post

Philip Marchand.  Marshall McLuhan:  The Medium and the Messenger, 1989 p. 179.

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Michael Hinton Saturday, July 17th, 2010
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1 Comment to Where do you get your information?

  • Bob Dobbs says:

    The “McLuhan on Maui” year-long conference:

    http://mcluhanconference.blogspot.com

    Bob Dobbs

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