Sunday, March 19, 2006

McLuhan, Whitehead & Freud

McLuhan's "The Medium is the Message" always struck me as intuitively obvious, and I've always been puzzled by its controversy. The character of an information channel must condition the experience of receiving its content. How could it be otherwise? Only after reading Whitehead'sSymbolism did I see the connection between McLuhan and Freud/Jung. Later other correspondences became apparent:
Freud/Jung
UNCONSCIOUS
CONSCIOUS
McLuhan
Medium
Message
Whitehead
Causal Efficacy
Presentational Immediacy
Psychology
Sensation
Perception
Bohm
Implicate/Implicit
Explicate/Explicit
Marx
Change in Means of Production

Change in Relationships Among Social Classes


In his book, "Archetypal Process: Divine and Self in Whitehead, Jung, and Hillman", David Ray Griffin pulled together a good collection of essays on the compatibility of Whiteheadian process philosophy/theology and Jungian archetypal psychology. Technorati Tags: