Marshall McLuhan and Norman Mailer: Artists, Patterns and Morality

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A debate in 1968 that is still relevant today.

Probably the best thirty minutes you could spend this week is hearing these two giants exchange their thoughts.

I agree with McLuhan’s foresight regarding the ascent of the role of the artist to integrate new good patterns on behalf of the global village. I also agree with Mailer’s foresight regarding the ascent of the role of the artist to denigrate new bad patterns on behalf of the global village. This is the crux of their differences and amusingly, they argue past one another.

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One Response to “Marshall McLuhan and Norman Mailer: Artists, Patterns and Morality”

  1. Peter Rothman Says:

    McLuhan’s book mentioned in this video is not widely known. IMO War and Peace in the Global Village is a prescient and important book. It follows to some extent in the footsteps of Medium is the Massage anticipating the mixture of text and graphics that we call the web, but its denser and has perhaps a more obviously dark message.

    Highly recommended.


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