This Old Liberal Has Not Faded Away   5 comments

kenne-profile-4672-blogSelf-Portrait” — Image by kenne

This week’s Presidential election has reminded me of Marshall McLuhan’s trademark, “The Medium In the Message.” From it, I recall his belief that we go through life looking through the rear-view mirror, and becoming aware of our environment only after we have left it and that what is communicated doesn’t count as much as how it is delivered. 

Of course, the medium that exists today is much different than that of the sixties, they still alter our sensory life, therefore what we know. As a result, our society is like the driver who sees neither ahead to the future nor outside the side window to the present but looks only to the past in the rear-view mirror — “Make America great again.”

McLuhan believed that education must serve as a defense to the media fallout. He likened our society to the mariner in Edgar Allan Poe’s story, “A Descent Into the Maelstrom.” The mariner is caught in a whirlpool, but he figures out the relative velocities of currents and saves himself. The question remains whether, as a society, we are educated enough to save ourselves.

January 17, 2003, Peace Demonstration In Houston, Texas — Photo by Joy

In some ways, I feel as if I may have been in a trance these past eight years, kind of a passive free feeling. It’s now time to stand. Social justice, like art, requires an effort. It’s time for those who have half a heart for poetry, half for life to stand for truth. Those who have continued learning and have been sharpening our weapons by night to clear their throats and stand, becoming the voices of truth. 

— kenne

5 responses to “This Old Liberal Has Not Faded Away

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  1. The old teacher in me agree: (better) education is a must.
    Have a great weekend,


  2. Great post!


  3. Thank you. Both great pictures.

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  4. It is scary times. I am still in shock. I don’t know what the answer is. Education is part of it, but blaming current leaders for issues arising from policies of the way past is so ignorant that I don’t know how to fix that. Electing racism, sexism, and elitism… Thinking that will help you gives me little hope for my teen aged kids. I am so deeply sad in my heart.


  5. Reblogged this on Becoming is Superior to Being and commented:

    Over the years, we have attended a lot of demonstrations and been part of marches for peace and justice. (This posting is from November 2016)

    This past week, watching from a distance has been difficult, since we would like to be a part of demonstrating against the continuing injustice in our country. With COVID-19 in the air, we remain at home.

    I guess it’s fair to say, if we were really concerned about our health we would stop watching cable news. There are those in the crowds that are not there for peace and justice, but for creating chaos. And after watching what Trump did yesterday, breaking up a peaceful demonstration so he could get a photo-opt is another form of creating chaos.

    Maybe I can no longer take it to the street; however, I can continue to speak out until I can no longer breathe. — kenne

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