Marshall McLuhan was the prophet of today’s digital world. This year, he would have turned 100.
Try on, for example, this passage from the beginning of McLuhan’s most widely read work, “The Medium is the Massage.”
Youth instinctively understands the present environment – the electric drama. It lives mythically and in depth. This is the reason for the great alienation between generations. Wars, revolutions, civil uprisings are interfaces within the new environments created by electric informational media.
Sound at all like what happened with Twitter and the Arab spring? But to be fair, it also described what was already happening in the 1960s when many of his ideas took root - pictures from Vietnam, rock stars on television - a glimpse of counterculture in everyone’s living room.
But if McLuhan was right - the medium itself was the message - not the content. So what’s on the media horizon? What does Marshall McLuhan tell us about how we are today?
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
McLuhan on Radio
In anticipation of this coming Saturday's big blow out, Media @ the Center: A McLuhan Centenary Symposium, our good friends producer Catie Talarski and host John Dankosky of the Connecticut Public Broadcasting radio program, Where We Live, made the McLuhan Centenary their topic for yesterday morning's radio show. The podcast was available online a few hours later, and I would embed it here, but Blogger strangely does not allow us to embed audio files, only videos. So you have to go over to
Stepping Up For An Ecology of Mind. I should add that the panel discussion went very well, it was especially enjoyable to participate with filmmaker Nora Bateson and her sister, the esteemed scholar Mary Catherine Bateson, and with Rex Weyler, co-founder of Greenpeace International (an organization whose genesis was strongly influenced by both Bateson and McLuhan). It was also a great pleasure spending some time talking with another of McLuhan's offspring there, Teri aka TC McLuhan, an author and filmmaker who gave the documentary, An Ecology of Mind, two thumbs up!
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