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Listen now | The Convivial Society: Vol. 2, No. 21

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    Understanding McLuhan: A Conversation with Andrew McLuhan

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    Welcome to a special installment of the Convivial Society featuring my conversation with Andrew McLuhan. I can’t recall how or when I first encountered the work of Marshall McLuhan, I think it might’ve been through the writing of one of his most notable students, Neil Postman. I do know, however, that McLuhan, and others like Postman and Walter Ong who built on his work, became a cornerstone of my own thinking about media and technology. So it was a great pleasure to speak with his grandson Andrew, who is now stewarding and expanding the work of his grandfather and his father, Eric McLuhan, through the McLuhan Institute, of which he is the founder and director. I learned a lot about McLuhan through this conversation and I think you’ll find it worth your time. A variety of resources and sites were mentioned throughout the conversation, and I’ve tried to provide links to all of those below. Above all, make sure you check out the McLuhan Institute and consider supporting Andrew’s work through his Patreon page. LinksMcLuhan Institute’s Twitter account and Instagram accountAndrew McLuhan’s Twitter accountThe image of McLuhan and Edmund Carpenter on the beach which Andrew mentions can be seen at the :30 mark of this YouTube video featuring audio of Carpenter describing his friendship with McLuhanEric McLuhan’s speech, “Media Ecology in the 21st Century,” on the McLuhan Institute’s YouTube page (the setting is a conference in Bogota, Columbia, so McLuhan is introduced in Spanish, but he delivers his talk in English)Laws of Media: The New Science by Marshall McLuhan and Eric McLuhanMarshall McLuhan/Norman Mailer exchangeMarshall McLuhan/W.H. Auden/Buckminster Fuller exchangeJeet Heer’s essay on McLuhan from 2011Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man (Critical Edition)Understanding Me: Lectures and InterviewsMarshall McLuhan Speaks Get full access to The Convivial Society at theconvivialsociety.substack.com/subscribe
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    You Can't Optimize For Rest

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    Listen now | The Convivial Society: Vol. 2, No. 21 Get full access to The Convivial Society at theconvivialsociety.substack.com/subscribe
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    Pity, Power, and Presence

    18:39

    The Convivial Society: Vol. 2, No. 18 Get full access to The Convivial Society at theconvivialsociety.substack.com/subscribe
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    A World Ordered Only By Search

    28:59

    The Convivial Society: Vol. 2, No. 17 Get full access to The Convivial Society at theconvivialsociety.substack.com/subscribe
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    Notes from the Metaverse (Audio Version)

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    A week after the fact, here is the audio version of the last installment: “Notes from the Metaverse.” Ordinarily, the audio version accompanies the essay, but in this case you’re getting it a bit later. Nothing new in this version, so if you’ve already read the essay, feel free to disregard. But for those of you who do prefer listening, here you go, with my apologies for not getting this out sooner. I will add in this short note that since I posted “Notes from the Metaverse” last week, Facebook and Ray-Ban announced the release of a set of smart-glasses. They don’t do much, at least they appear to have disappointed some. The camera might appear to be their main feature, but, in fact, I’d argue that their main feature is that they manage to look pretty normal and perhaps even stylish depending on your tastes. This, it seems to me, is the point at this juncture. Smart glasses, especially their camera, need to be normalized before they can become critical metaverse infrastructure. In that light, it’s worth noting, too, that the glasses bear absolutely no Facebook branding. We’ll see if they fare any better with the pubic than Google Glass did several years ago. Needless to say, much of the same criticism about the way that a camera enables surreptitious recording, thus more completely objectifying others as fodder for the digital spectacle, applies here as well. Cheers, Michael Get full access to The Convivial Society at theconvivialsociety.substack.com/subscribe
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    Nice Image You've Got There. Shame If It Got Memed.

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    On images, pseudo-events, and digital media. Get full access to The Convivial Society at theconvivialsociety.substack.com/subscribe
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    Outsourcing Virtue

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    The dream of systems so perfect no one will need to be good remains explicitly compelling in many quarters. It is also tacitly embedded in the practices fostered by many of our devices, tools, and institutions. So it’s worth thinking about how this dream manifests itself today and why it can so easily take on a nightmarish quality.  Get full access to The Convivial Society at theconvivialsociety.substack.com/subscribe
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    Ill With Want (Audio Version)

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    Listen now | An installment titled “Ill With Want” went out a couple of days ago without the audio version. I know that many of you find the audio useful, so, now that I’ve been able to record it, I wanted to get that to you.  Get full access to The Convivial Society at theconvivialsociety.substack.com/subscribe
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    Thresholds of Artificiality

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    The story of a human retreat from this world, either to the stars above or the virtual realm within, can mask a disregard for or resignation about what is done with the world we do have, both in terms of the structures of human societies and the non-human world within which they are rooted. Get full access to The Convivial Society at theconvivialsociety.substack.com/subscribe
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    The Questions Concerning Technology

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    A set of 41 questions drafted with a view to helping us draw out the moral or ethical implications of our tools. Get full access to The Convivial Society at theconvivialsociety.substack.com/subscribe

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