McLuhan’s global village, ca 1960

Stephen posted a link to this newly rediscovered video of Marshall McLuhan discussing media on CBC’s Explorations documentary series in 1960. This was 4 years before Understanding Media was published. It’s well worth watching. It strikes me that this kind of deep, theoretical presentation/discussion would likely be impossible to broadcast now.

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UPDATE: As of October 27, 2010, the video was taken down from YouTube, due to a copyright violation claim by CBC. I suppose they’re planning to rebroadcast the 50 year old video at some point?

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I’m sure McLuhan would have something to say about the message of copyright takedowns and the ephemeral nature of corporate digital media.