New, exclusive series on the blog! Tune in each Monday for a mind-meltingly mesmerizing memo from one of CathMedia’s modern forefathers, Marshall McLuhan…ergo, Marshall McLuhan Mondays!
Who’s Marshall McLuhan?
Were you a communications student, you’d never ask; you’d know he was a genius. In his own time, The New York Times described him as, “one of the most acclaimed, most controversial and certainly most talked-about of contemporary intellectuals.”
Born 1911 and raised in a Protestant Canadian home, Herbert Marshall McLuhan discovered Catholicism as a Cambridge university student thanks to G.K. Chesterton. He converted in 1937, enraptured with the Catholic connection between art, beauty, and the intellect. He prayed unceasingly and was a daily communicant.
Professor McLuhan was a literature expert-turned-media & communications theorist. He taught only at Catholic institutions. Somewhat of a prophet, McLuhan predicted the direction of modern media—even the birth and rise of the Internet and social media! (Detractors thought he was a radical / nutcase.) His most popular terms are “global village” and “the medium is the message.”
McLuhan died on my birthdate, and I’m quite the fan.
TODAY: The Electric World & The Communion of Saints
McLuhan’s reflection on our electric bonds & the communion of saints:
We live in an electric, simultaneous world, where most of the relationships between men are now invisible. The human bond—the electric, instant bond around the planet—is invisible! Which is not unlike the things we were talking about in relation to the Mystical Body [of Christ], which is entirely around us and entirely invisible—or, at least, mostly invisible.
(TV Interview with Father Patrick Peyton, 1971)
Tune in each Monday for more delicious doses of McLuhan CathMedia musings!