reviewing 12 Monkeys, American Crime, Billions, Black Sails, Bloodline, Bones, Bosch, Colony, Designated Survivor, Fargo, Frequency, Game of Thrones, Homeland, House of Cards, Masters of Sex, Narcos, Peaky Blinders, Outlander, Ray Donovan, Rectify, Stranger Things, The: Affair, Americans, Girlfriend Experience, Man in the High Castle, Walking Dead; Timeless, Vikings, Westworld +movies, music, politics
George Santayana had irrational faith in reason - I have irrational faith in TV.
Monday, November 7, 2011
Voicemail from Marshall McLuhan, 1978
Here is a voicemail from Marshall McLuhan to me, left on what we then called our "answering machine," from August 1978. I had just completed my doctoral dissertation at NYU - but hadn't yet even handed it in to my advisers, Neil Postman and Christine Nystrom. Instead, I decided to mail it up to Marshall McLuhan in Toronto - we had met after I wrote the Preface to his "Laws of the Media" published in June 1977 in et cetera, and the "Tetrad Conference" I had organized with him, Eric McLuhan, Bob Blechman, and other notables at Fairleigh Dickinson University (where I then was an Assistant Professor) in March 1978. Tina and I went on vacation right after I sent up the dissertation, and this is the message from Marshall we found on our return...