This Old Liberal Has Not Faded Away   6 comments

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

Becoming is Superior to Being

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…

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Posted June 2, 2020 by kenneturner in Information

6 responses to “This Old Liberal Has Not Faded Away

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  1. Amen

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  2. There is also a photo of Hitler holding up a bible with the exact kind of hand-grip.

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  3. sometimes I wonder whether education is part of the solution or the problem. This is from a book I read recently …”We thought if we were educated, that would improve our lot:maybe the whole misery of life stemmed from lack of schooling. so we tried education. But still there is no wisdom. We become affluent, but no wiser. Education and affluence only encouraged further deterioration. Can you see that? More wars, more hate, more propaganda, more restlessness, more distractions. Distraction. Distractions. Distractions.”

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    • I would like to suggest you have it backward. The problem is not education, it’s schooling. “Many students, especially those who are poor, intuitively know what the schools do for them. They school them to confuse process and substance. Once these become blurred, a new logic is assumed: the more treatment there is, the better are the results; or, escalation leads to success. The pupil is thereby ‘schooled’ to confuse teaching with learning, grade advancement with education, a diploma with competence, and fluency with the ability to say something new.” — Ivan Illich

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