Eser Torun's comment!
Extracted from the essay of Eser Torun's Wake!
Violence is being enhanced and transformed through the global village. The Internet is becoming a very violent place. The technology is driven by thrill-kill games of ever greater sophistication, and the pornography is becoming readily available and the crucial element of advertisements. As a person who strongly opposed to the unholy unity of advertising and sexual desire, McLuhan would certainly be very upset to see the facts of current information society that is being shaped by his own theories. Probably he would feel even worse, if he had known that some international MBA’s are using pornography web pages to explain his theories.
To come to Daniel Hall's defence (as I largely agree with what he was saying):
I'm sure it would make McLuhan feel very bad, not least because it illustrates to some extent why McLuhan's theories don't seem rational. Your irrational response does not greatly defend the theory.
Perhaps if you prefer, we can look at McLuhan's theories in this way:
The internet, TV, etc.
Enhance: Our basic nature, rational and primal alike. Obsolete: Prudish moralism and fundamentalist viewpoints. Retrieve: Our long surpressed desires. Reverse: Into angry self-righteous reactions, George W. Bush, Al Queda, pushes for censorship and your response.
Something to consider.
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