Icons: The Crisis of Credit Visualized

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This is a brilliant visual presentation.

Note how icons are used with minimal animation to convey the message.

Deeper Than McLuhan

I have read all of McLuhan’s books over the span of a few months. One thing to point out is that McLuhan did not say “The Medium is the Message”. McLuhan said, “The Medium is the Massage”. The medium was the cause of change, reformation and revolution not the message.

Another thing that stands out is that the scope of McLuhan’s system had only two dimensions where one could be the other. That is fine, but it is extensible to a six dimensional framework.

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What I mean by this is that any of Zachman’s six focuses (who, what, when, where, why, how) can be the message contained within the medium. This agrees with McLuhan’s four laws of Media Theory. More simply put, each of Zachman’s focuses can be a system its own right and any system can be the container for another lesser system. The system is the massage. Or the message.

I will look further at how McLuhan’s four laws apply to Zachman in later posts.

McLuhan Revisited

I had a very good discussion today with a biochemist who is working for the federal virology lab in Winnipeg, Canada. We discussed Marshall McLuhan and he pointed out an error in how I was interpreting McLuhan and applying it to the Zachman Framework. He explained that I had to think of the data as the message and the network as the medium. He used a transportation system as an example where the people were the data and the vehicles were the packets in the transportation network.

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As you can see, now the message and the medium have a place in the framework.