Tag Archives: Marshall McLuhan

Quote o’ the Day (Marshall McLuhan Edition)

From yesterday’s New York Times: Border Crossing Identity Crisis ‘Oh, Canada’ Exhibition at Mass MoCA NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — As Marshall McLuhan once wrote about his homeland, “Canada is the only country in the world that knows how to live without … Continue reading

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The Hardworking Staff Totally Wants This For Christmas

Via our ex(cellent)-graduate assistant Jeff Howanek, the USB typewriter: A New Lease On Type Think back, do you remember the last time you used a typewriter? Do you recall the resonant click clack of the keys as you plugged in … Continue reading

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Who Is Taylor Wells?

So out of the blue this pops up in the top lefthand corner of Page One of Friday’s Boston Herald: Huh? Do we know a Wells at the Herald? It’s clearly not Jonathan Wells, former ace reporter for the feisty … Continue reading

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How Steve Jobs Changed My Life

There are umpteen million stories in the Mac-ed City. This has been one of them: I bought a Mac SE in 1989. It cost, as I recall, $3000 (which was real money at the time) and had slightly more computing … Continue reading

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James Carroll Channels Marshall McLuhan

Author and Boston Globe columnist James Carroll (who’s not me, despite widespread local confusion over the past two decades) had a terrific piece on Monday about the difference between analog and digital clocks. Time’s face, time’s digits OUR TWO kinds … Continue reading

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The New Republic Gets McLuhan Wrong

From John McWhorter’s piece in the February 3rd edition of The New Republic: Fighting Words IN THE WAKE OF the tragedy in Tucson, numerous commentators have called for increased policing of inflammatory language. Not literal policing, of course; what these commentators … Continue reading

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