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Nick Carr on McLuhanNov 04 2007

Nick Carr has an interesting piece on the revival of Marshall McLuhan's media theories up at The Guardian, with a longer version at his blog:

The temperature of media was not McLuhan's only subject, nor even his most interesting one. Although he is often presented as a glorifier of technological progress, he painted a subtle, sometimes disturbing picture of the future. In one striking sentence from Understanding Media, he offered a dark view of the commercial exploitation of electric media: "Once we have surrendered our senses and nervous systems to the private manipulation of those who would try to benefit by taking a lease on our eyes and ears and nerves, we don't really have any rights left."

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