Category Archive: MM Critiqued

Rationalizing Becoming Stupid

Pauline Kael, Deeper Into Movies, 1972 Advertisements

“Dreadful World of McLuhan”

The Evening Independent, Feb 27, 1969 (full article)

Eric Hoffer’s belt buckle

“Another Guru Gone Goofy”

{Mother Jones, November 1976}

Medium is the Massage LP reviewed in Billboard

Billboard, July 22, 1967

MM & Meltzer (II)

Meltzer on McLuhan, from my interview with Meltzer at rockcritics.com in 2000. Obviously, if I had the chance again, I’d ask these questions somewhat differently, press him on the stuff he gets completely… Continue reading

MM & Christgau (II)

“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… Continue reading

“I met McLuhan only once…”

“I met McLuhan only once, on a Toronto radio panel in the 60′s, and I managed to make him sulk visibly for a brief moment before I hastened to smooth things over out… Continue reading

“The inside is the outside”

(From Interviews with Dwight MacDonald [Conversations With Public Intellectuals], 2003) Note: the “he” referred to above = Buck E. Fuller.

“Popular culture”

(From Interviews with Dwight MacDonald [Conversations With Public Intellectuals], 2003)

“Smarter than the two of them put together

“I met Mailer a couple times, in 1970. He knew who I was. We knew some of the same people — Leslie Fiedler for one, the glib author of Love and Death In… Continue reading

“He was a Luddite…”

“McLuhan, aside from being wrong (for God’s sake he thought that TV demanded full sensory participation from the viewer), was steeped in an ancient European tradition; he was a disciple of Aquinas. On… Continue reading

“Carved out a topic virtually by naming it”

“Thanks to television, Theodore White explained, ‘one sees the event in the now… the cop beating the rioter over the head… There is a jazz to the immediate news which is unsettling, and… Continue reading

Get Lost

“I remember feeling more than once if the title of any of McLuhan’s essays were to get lost, no one would be able to say, from reading the essay, what it had actually… Continue reading

MM & Christgau (I)

“It is by creating a mood that asks ‘Why should this mean anything?’ that the so-called rock poets can really write poetry — poetry that not only says something, but says it as… Continue reading

MM & Beatles (I): “Perfect McLuhanites”

“With their uncanny clone-like similarity and by all talking chattily at once, the Beatles introduced to the cultural lexicon several key Sixties motifs in one go: ‘mass’-ness, ‘working-class’ informality, cheery street scepticism, and… Continue reading

MM & Tom Wolfe (I)

“Suppose he is what he sounds like, the most important thinker since Newton, Darwin, Freud, Einstein, and Pavlov… the oracle of the modern times… what if he is right?” – Tom Wolfe, 1965,… Continue reading