Sunday, April 22, 2001

Bob’s Notes | McLuhan at Fordham with John Culkin, 26 February 1968

Payday

NOTE:Timing based on Payday archives.


Nov.29/14  1178392-4-1  Feb.26/68 with John Culkin:

(Part 15 at 10:38)

Ashley Montague's "Culture"
11:31

Pat Paulsen
12:26

smoking is a weaker form of inner trip (the pipe is more than the cigar)
13:05

Early Man's "carrying" (kinetic sense) and walking erect (creating memory)
14:48

primitive yowling (a call system) and "opera"
18:44

"ordinary music is speech slowed down" vs. opera
19:16

the folk song retains contact with speech
19:45


the origins of chatter
20:11

verticality and sight's upside-downness
20:46

Carpenter: the child, the native, the "insane", and verticality
22:06


McLuhan: verticality, action painting, and Happenings
22:43

Parker: proprioception and gravity
23:12

McLuhan: Coleridge said "always start with the other man's ignorance"
23:46

Montague et al. don't know about McLuhan's "invisible environment"
24:12

the "subconscious" as speech, defined
24:47

the "subconscious" and the present speed-up
25:52

NASA is 200 years out-of-date
26:42

"if we wish"
27:15

Owen Wister's "The Virginian" (the first Western) and the identity quest
27:22

identity quest in the slum
28:34

McLuhan suggests the students investigate their younger brothers and sisters
28:56

no goals or point-of-view possible today ("you are everywhere in all times and spaces")
29:55

effects of the railway in the Victorian Age
30:48

the Viet Nam War
31:14

having a point-of-view
31:26

Education, identity, and warfare: "you get beat up or you beat someone up"
32:42

blinded by rage (via drink or LSD) is no point-of-view ("a technical term")
33:25

more on the media massage
34:08

the role of the classroom structure as anti-environment
34:53

Culkin mentions the "Electric Circus" and "Cheetah" clubs (tourists keep wearing their shoes, doing something stupid together)
35:01

getting "with it" defined as "giving up all action to the total service environment" (no free will) 35:30

"we are here to shock the somnambulists" (trying to build up awareness)
35:57

the death of God
37:04

the microphone (like the book) eliminates the seminar
37:15

the movie as multi-time-travel
37:52

Culkin says "nada" about film and a point-of-view
38:14

more on Pat Paulsen running for President
41:01

McLuhan suggests the students collect a lot of media jokes
41:28

Culkin says more "nada"
41:33

the "drop-in" as a consultant (people don't know what business they're in)
42:31

more on having no point-of-view via "following the processes" (see the Garbage Strike)
43:23

breakdown as breakthrough (McLuhan suggests the students collect examples)
43:51

"garbage crisis" defined (see the Container Corporation not the Mayor)
45:16

no "private consciousness" under electric conditions
46:45

Culkin interrupts about the 1965 experimental film, "Flicker"
48:23

McLuhan explains the "rearview mirror" as art form to mock Culkin's interest in film
50:48

TV is "writing with light on the audience" (X-ray)
51:10

no more ballot box (based on "charisma") under computer conditions
51:43

Smothers Brothers 52:58
Government hijacked by the consultants and "experts" (isolated specialists)
53:06

the novel as a form was reduced to "pop, song, hit parade stuff" in the 1910's
53:43

ULYSSES is a "documentary novel" (the whodunnit is ahead of the old narrative novel form)
54:07

ULYSSES ("a complex, mythic, symbolic form") is newsreel ("stream of consciousness")
54:20

LSD is TV ("writing with light" chemically)
56:07

Culkin mentions the film, "The Addict"
56:23

McLuhan chides Culkin again: "computers are us" (the obsolescence of the machine [Warhol])
56:57

McLuhan brags like Bob
57:53

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