Re: virus: June 97 McLuhan-Post

Tim Rhodes (
Mon, 2 Jun 1997 23:29:20 -0700 (PDT)

On Tue, 27 May 1997, Reed Konsler wrote:

> >The Internet creates a world-wide synesthesia
> >attributable to instantaneous diverse media
> >transmission on a global basis. This in turn
> >erodes human ability to decode in "real time,"
> >and retrieves, in the language of McLuhan Tetrad
> >Analysis, a "virtual" Tower of Babel. Reporters
> >who have done stories on the degeneration of
> >written speech over the 'Net have noticed this
> >already. Many of the discussion groups on the
> >'Net are in real danger of becoming "much ado
> >about nothing." Individuals desperate for a locus
> >of self-expression (and kept from their goal by
> >the invisible effects on society of unbridled
> >technological change) are finally achieving some
> >form of expression -- but at what cost?
> >Information is fragmented and murky at best,
> >unfocused, untimely and unwanted at worst.


-Prof. Tim