Thursday, July 28, 2011
So, I just want to add here, and for my own personal records, that on McLuhan Day, which was last week on July 21st, McLuhan's birthday, I did a series of short radio interviews for 7 local Canadian radio stations, all part of the CBC, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. The interviews were done by telephone, occurring between 6:00 and 9:00 AM. I'm not a morning person, but I got up at 5:30 AM to get enough coffee into me to be coherent at 6.
The local stations were Quebec City, Sudbury (Ontario), Thunder Bay (Ontario), Yellowknife (Northwest Territories), Ontario (southern parts, not Toronto), Victoria (British Columbia), and Vancouver (British Columbia). Some of the interviews were live, some taped, most if not all of them were not archived as podcasts, or rather part of podcasts. Some may have been, I don't know, but hey, that was never even an option back in the good old days of broadcasting.
It was a strange experience, something of a rapid-fire succession, each asking pretty much the same questions, asking me to explain what "the medium is the message" means, what the "global village" is, and a couple of them asked about McLuhan's conservatism. It was a funny experience, though, answering the same questions seven times over in short order, although it did give me an opportunity to refine my answers.
So, I can't provide you with a recording or transcript of what I said, but I did tweet my morning activities, so I'll share them with you here, although I warn you that they're a bit prosaic:
In between the interviews, there was time to do a blog post, check email, and tweet about someone else's interview:
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