There’s nothing new about it. Major periods of technological change have always engendered dislocation and debate. Some resist the changes wrought by new technology, and others embrace them. 1968 brings us back to one such moment, when the American novelist Norman Mailer and communication theorist Marshall McLuhan appeared on the CBC program, The Summer Way, to debate the relative merits of our Electronic/Information Age. Are we alienating ourselves as we push the electronic envelope? Or have we entered a value neutral state (if not something better)? The two big thinkers hash out the question for 28 minutes. You can watch the conversation in its entirety (28 minutes) on YouTube.
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