Monday, July 6, 2015

Narcissus Narcosis and the Digital Media

Marshall McLuhan saw and foresaw a communications technology that would function more as a reflection of self than of reality. And behold, the 21st century digital media. In a typical McLuhanism, he dubbed it “Narcissus narcosis.” I learned that from one of the books from the library of my late departmental chair James Tidwell. The fact that glaring factual truths can now be not merely disputed but denied and ignored by millions is a function of this.

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