Saturday, March 17, 2018

Extraordinary Discourse 373

Ticklish Tikkun

But the extremes? I know what it feels like to come racing around the corner at 90 miles an hour, sliding the car sideways. I know what gear I'm hitting it in when I'm coming around the corner and where I need to downshift. So to me, that's the fun stuff.  I think that just sitting down and having casual conversation is the hardest stuff to do.
Paul Walker

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Extraordinary Discourse 372

Going to Pieces

I remember when I was here two years ago after a long absence, I was quite startled at the upsurge of regional dialects in England as compared with twenty years earlier, and the relative decline of standard and homogeneous English, and the quite proud display of dialects that I hardly heard before when I lived here.  This drive in depth toward regional depth of culture is a normal feature of electronic forms because of this circuitry that involves us deeper and deeper in ourselves.

Marshall McLuhan,
Contemplating Me

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Saturday, March 3, 2018

Extraordinary Discourse 371

Big Talk Candy Mountain

In our world, the fragments of the oral tradition mainly exist in religious ritual and liturgy, which have taken on a new significance and relevance in our electronic time.  In fact, in a sense we are playing backwards this process described in Preface to Plato. We are moving from the written to the oral at a much higher speed than the Greeks ever disintegrated their oral culture by means of the written word.
Marshall McLuhan,
Contemplating Me

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Extraordinary Discourse 370

Cherry-Picking The Maremagnum

If you’re not living on the edge you’re taking up too much space.
Mary-Elizabeth: Croft

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Extraordinary Discourse 369

Cuttings To The Chase

It’s not cute cat videos anymore. It’s like a Gutenberg revolution, because now the spoken word has the same reach as the written word, and permanence.
Jordan Peterson