On Sep 22, 2006, at 6:15 PM, Vince Rossano wrote:
> ... but we've probably gone far enough for this email list.
I came to the same conculsion when I went off to buy some chicken
wings :). But if you or anyone else is interested, I've set up a wiki
for my notes on Postman ...
Feel free to comment, but if you can, put your comments in ''italic''
or somehow indicate who's writing.
> As for McLuhan's book: your are correct that the title was "The Medium
> Is the Massage", but the story goes that it was a printer's error; it
> was really supposed to read "Message".
That seems to be the wikipedia explanation too, but as someone who
was reading it and Time Magazine's coverage of it, my roommates and
I were having fun with Time magazine (again) getting it wrong. (Who
needs television when you have Time Magazine to get things confused.)
From what I read and recall, McLuhan's understood both meanings and
knew that they were simultaneously correct. Like in Blink, our eyes
see what our mind has trained them to see, and that "media" both
presents and massages the message often to the point where it becomes
the message. (Which of course was the original intent of the person
issuing the communique.)
Anyway, we can also put a "Reading.McLuhan" thread in the wiki.