Monthly Archives: July 2011

Neil Postman – ‘The TV Guy’

Let me be blunt. Neil Postman is the reason I chose the path I’ve taken in my post-20s life. Period. At a point in my life when I was most deeply questioning my career in marketing and promotions, when I … Continue reading

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The Music of the New (Fuller) Life

[A hypertext-enhanced post based on a paper I wrote a short while back] Buckminster Fuller was known especially for his viewpoint of the human condition, rooted in the sustainable and ecological, and certainly alternative to the more linear mode of … Continue reading

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Figure/Ground (Happy 100th Marshall!)

Marshall McLuhan was born on July 21st, 1911 in Edmonton, Aberta, Canada. This year marks the centennial celebration of his birth, although he died in 1980 at the far too young age of 69. In Canada, as you might imagine, … Continue reading

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On Bugs, Bytes and Books

Recently, some friends offered a gift to my children. A male rhinoceros beetle. In Japan, these bulgy-looking, tusked beasts are often the favorite pets of young kids during the summer months and can be readily caught in the wild, if … Continue reading

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A Twig by any other Name…

With apologies to Rene Magritte, and to avoid the danger of succumbing to French surrealist gobbledygook, I’m not trying to make a statement about the reality of these images or the objective existence of objects. What I’m getting at with … Continue reading

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Systems Thinking and Sustainability

In my prior post, “We are Air,” I introduced the idea of systems thinking via the duo of Gregory Bateson (with a hat tip to his daughter Nora) and the biologist David Suzuki. The driving force behind my scholarship and … Continue reading

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Little Black Lines in the Sky

Most of us living in industrial countries of the developed world have long since lost sight of the great transformation of our environments from the agrarian to the mechanical to the electrical. The McLuhan quote at the top of this … Continue reading

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