August 31, 2011

He was a master of pattern recognition, the man who bangs a drum so large that it’s only beaten once every hundred years

Kevin Kelly highlights passages from Douglas Coupland’s mini-biography of Marshall McLuhan:

“Terror,” he went on to say, is the normal state of any oral society, for in it everything affects everything all the time…. In our long striving to recover for the Western world a unity of sensibility and of thought and feeling we have no more been prepared to accept the tribal consequences of such unity than we were ready for the fragmentation of the human psyche by print culture.

(thanks, Tim)