Marshall McLuhan’s The Gutenberg Galaxy: The Making of Typographic Man was published in March 1962. It is a pioneering study in the fields of oral and print culture, cultural studies and media ecology. I was just finishing grade 12 in the then small town of Burlington Ontario and about to play my last season of baseball for the Burlington juvenile all-stars. I was also about to begin my travelling-pioneering life for the Canadian Baha’i community.
Throughout the book, a book which I did not read until sometime during my university years, 1963 to 1967, McLuhan takes pains to analyse how the various forms of communication technology like: writing, the printing press and the electronic media—affect man’s cognitive organization. This process, in turn, has profound ramifications for social organization. As he wrote:
“if a new technology extends one or more of our senses outside us into the social world, then new ratios among all of our senses will occur in that particular culture. It is comparable to what happens when a new note is added to a melody. And when the sense ratios alter in any culture then what had appeared lucid before may suddenly become opaque, and what had been vague or opaque will become translucent.”1-Ron Price with thanks to 1The Gutenberg Galaxy 1962, p. 41.
You’ve been coming back into vogue
after that hiatus of some thirty years.1
and you became a Roman Catholic in
’37 right at the start of that first Seven
Year Plan.2 This religious belief seems
to be the basis for your conservatism at
least that was argued on ABC Radio last
last weekend.3 We all make analyses &
observations based on many assumptions.
Mine are not based on Catholicism but on
the Baha’i Faith…to each their own in life
as we all travel the journey in this complex
world with its billions of galaxies & trillions
of stars: perhaps what is the question is the
question behind all the other questions……
1From his death in 1980 to, say, 2010, McLuhan and his work existed in an intellectual backwater but it has recently seen a recrudescence.
2 McLuhan became a Catholic in March 1937 and the Baha’i Seven Year Plan(1937-1944) began in April/May.
3 Grant Havers, Chair of the Department of Philosophy at Trinity Western University in Canada and the author of an essay on the right-wing postmodernism of Marshall McLuhan. He was interviewed by Alan Saunders on The Philosopher’s Zone on 16/7/’11.
22 July 2011:thumbsup: