Our Present as Predicted Half a Century Ago by Marshall McLuhan



MyToba.ca, the Manitoba news and information service, published the following comments and a short video of Marshall McLuhan on the last day of 2016. His predictions relate to space exploration, a personalized information service not unlike a combination of Google plus Wikipedia, the unharmonious global village with its loss of secrecy, racial conflict, media as extensions of humans, amplifying human powers, the idea that “the future of the future is the present”, ever-present wars, his personal habit of only reading the right-hand page of any book, which, because of the redundancy of books, he can figure out what he hadn’t read with his own “noodle”, an ability that he attributed to his ability to use his right brain hemisphere with its holistic and imaginative capacities. (Thanks to Howard Engel in Winnipeg for this.)  

Today In History – December 31

Winnipeg, Manitoba – Today In History in 1980, Marshall McLuhan died at age 69. McLuhan was educated at the University of Manitoba, as well as the University of Cambridge. McLuhan was a University of Toronto professor, writer, and communications guru. McLuhan was born July 21, 1911 in Edmonton, Alberta, and was the author of “Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man,” made famous for his statement that “The Medium Is The Message.” As we think about what 2017 has in store, watch above as McLuhan makes some amazingly accurate predictions about our world.

For the idea of McLuhan as a Futurist, see the previous article on this blog at: https://goo.gl/zzEJqT
And Marshall McLuhan: Prophet of the Internet Age – https://goo.gl/p0ENZl

One Response to “Our Present as Predicted Half a Century Ago by Marshall McLuhan”

  1. 1 TL

    Did you ever read the Village of the Damned by John Wyndham? This foretells the immediate transference of knowledge experiences and data to others and the use of that to develop intelligence all of which can now be done electronically through the internet. Science fact not fiction.


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