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The Rearview Mirror of the Present

 
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06, 2011 6:26 pm    Post subject: The Rearview Mirror of the Present Reply with quote

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...a friend has said that the future of the future is the present. If you really are curious about the future, just study the present, because what we ordinarily see in any present is really what appears in the rear-view mirror.

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For example, in the Renaissance the image they saw very vividly in their rear-view mirror was a medieval one. What the Middle Ages saw in their rear-view mirror, what they thought was the present, was ancient Rome. What the industrial nineteenth century saw in the rear-view mirror is the nineteenth century. We don't see the present, not very much of it. [my em-jb]


Marshall McLuhan, from Understanding Me, pp 125-126
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2011 11:21 pm    Post subject: Artists, Kooks and Utopia Reply with quote

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Every Utopia is the history of the preceding age, like Bonanza-land.

There is never a Utopia that copes with the present, any present. Man seems to have this built in device of rear-view-mirrorism because he fears this confrontation with the total human environment.

The only person who seems to habitually encounter and report on the new present is the artist. Whenever he passes in his new report, he is at once branded as a kook because the present if always unrecognizable because it is not safe to look at.


--Open-Mind Surgery in "Understanding Me"
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2011 9:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The future of the future is the present (1968)

http://marshallmcluhanspeaks.com/prophecies/1968-the-future-of-the-future-is-the-present.php

"...and this is something people are terrified of."
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