“Fear of Everything”

So of course I always thought Talking Heads were about the individual human units (ha!—and fuck you, Fripp) response to cybernation, depersonalization, the effect of corporate consciousness on individual identity, all those great contemporary questions nobody can seem to come up with any real or workable answers for. Richard Hell was about the same thing on a darker, more hermetically selfenclosed/obsessed/possessed level, in fact the … Continue reading “Fear of Everything”

McLuhan Mc-Went that a Mc-Way

I’m not done yammering on about McLuhan yet — more specifically about MM’s relationship to rock and to rock criticism (and to “cultural criticism,” more generally speaking) (I haven’t even started with the Meltzer) — but I’ve decided to take my copying and pasting and scrapbooking and probing and etc.-etc. over to a new location so as not to bore y’all to tears and/or derisive … Continue reading McLuhan Mc-Went that a Mc-Way

McLuhan on 45

Jon Savage in an April 2009 record roundup from his blog: Published the same month (March 1967) that The Velvet Underground and Nico was released, Marshall McLuhan’s The Medium Is The Message [sic] became an instant bestseller and has become a key text. Columbia Records quickly rushed out an LP of McLuhan and his colleagues Fiore and Jerome Agel reading selections from the book, which … Continue reading McLuhan on 45

McLuhan & Xgau

Search results for “mcluhan” at robertchristgau.com: “What makes it even more discomforting is that our former National Pastime has become square. McLuhan and his minions in the big media have almost delegitimized it, and with reason. Baseball is an old-fashioned game. Its pace is so slow that it is now chic to claim to enjoy the gossip of the game more than the contest itself.” … Continue reading McLuhan & Xgau

McLuhan @100: An “intellectual thug”

“Reading John Dewey for a seminar (it’s a McLuhan/Dewey seminar, and I’m already enjoying McLuhan more by focusing on his ideas as aphorisms and reading more interviews and lectures. He intended most of his writings to be cryptic, full of wordplay, and his basic concepts were fairly simple; the iterations of them were often convoluted and usually aphoristic — he claims that he wrote this … Continue reading McLuhan @100: An “intellectual thug”