War and Peace in the Global Village
Marshall McLuhan wrote this book thirty years ago and following its publication predicted that the forthcoming information age would be "a transitional era of profound pain and tragic identity quest". Marshall McLuhan illus...more
There is a rather tenuous division between war as education and education as war.... There is no question here of values. It is simple information technology being used by one community to reshape another one. It is this type of aggression that we exert on our own youngsters in what we call "education." We simply impose upon them the patterns that we find convenient to ourselves and consistent with the available technologies. Such customs and usages, of course, are always pa...more
That said, War and Peace In the Global Village does one thing well - it makes you think - and think at a higher level about our culture, its future and its propensity for change.
Also, he predicted that color TV (the book was written in '68) would make fast-moving, more visceral sports like skiing and soccer more popular in the US.
I found this quoteon the publisher's website: "Interviewed by Playboy magazine a year after the book's release, McLuhan called our era a 'transitional era of profound pain and tragic identity quest.' 'But,' he added, 'the agony of our age is the la...more