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.

Who will pause today to remember the technologies that have fought for our freedom?

Marshall McLuhan (1964, age 52).  War loves a new technology.

Today the cold war is being fought with information technology.  That is not new.  Recall that in the Second World War the allies relied on the information technology of their day to fight the war.  Remarkable though it might seem to us, space was made in the landing craft on D-day to transport filing cabinets to the beaches of Normandy.   What is new today is that the technology we rely on is the technology of our electric age.

Me (November, 2010, age 58). War still loves new technology

Let us pause this Remembrance Day to think about the technologies that we use to fight our wars.  Today, in the late electronic age, these weapons, such as smart bombs and Twitter,  rely even more heavily on information technology.  The question that presents itself – particularly to those of us who believe as McLuhan did that technology pushes us around more than we do it – is whether these technologies have a bias for war or peace?  Let us hope peace.  Meanwhile here is some evidence to help you make up your mind.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNUWwgvBQvQ&feature=related

 

And take a look at this.

 

Cordially, Marshall and Me

 

Reading

Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Media, 1964, p. 339.

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Michael Hinton Thursday, November 11th, 2010
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