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marshall-mcluhanThe medium is the medium.

The weather is getting weird, weird, weird today and it doesn’t feel like it’s being HAARP played. No, this could be the real deal. It’s fitful and biting, the waves are frothing and frequent as they crash around the point today. The Sun and The Moon are colluding to create a tempest out here. The cosmic drama is rising.

I’ve been holding this date for a while as it marks the birthday of Marshall McLuhan, who might just qualify as one of the great prophets of the 20th century. Not only was McLuhan dialed into the impact of the media on the popular and individual psyche, he also used language in such a unique way in order to contextualize his vision that his descriptions seem like they could fit right into a Gibson or Stephenson novel. His verbiage and adjetives can seem obscure and even a bit over-the-top Just check out this nugget from an interview in “Playboy” circa 1970 where he speaks about Freud and narcissim.

“I call this peculiar form of self-hypnosis Narcissus narcosis, a syndrome whereby man remains as unaware of the psychic and social effects of his new technology as a fish of the water it swims in. As a result, precisely at the point where a new media-induced environment becomes all pervasive and transmogrifies our sensory balance, it also becomes invisible.”

The interview goes onto explore the untennable dynamic between tribal society and the overarching, one nation state. McLuhan gets into “The Balkanization Of The USA” and it’s inevitaility. I see this as being the same, astrological dialectic being played out in the opposition between Pluto in Capricorn and the US chart with it’s Cancerian stellium.

Here is the bulk of that exchange: Read the rest of this entry »

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