Sunday, May 27, 2007

McLuhan Audio Files

The McLuhan LP, The Medium is The Massage, always struck me as a disservice to McLuhan, because it's so dorky despite the cogency of McLuhan's ideas. Maybe it strikes today's first-time listeners as quaint and endearing. I hope so. But the avant-wimpy audio effects are likely to make you cringe.

The Dick Cavett appearance is particularly fun for the McLuhan-Capote exchange and the lame puns that enliven the end of this "interview."

Edwin Newman gives McLuhan lots of time to pontificate and riff. Expostulate.

Much to ponder in all these posts, at http://www.ubu.com/sound/mcluhan.html