Did Nature Cease to Exist in the ’60s?

Van Mensvoort
February 8th 2011

Our historical snippet of the moment is a Canadian television fragment from 1968 featuring a debate between Norman Mailer and Marshall McLuhan on the implications of media technology and whether nature still existed.

The two heroes of the ’60s are absolute opposites. Leaning forward in his chair, Mailer is assertive, animated, hot, engaged. McLuhan, abstracted and smiling wanly, leaning backward, cool. Mcluhan argues “The planet is no longer nature,” he declares, to Mailer’s uncomprehending stare; “it’s now the content of an art work.” Mailer: "Well, I think you are anticipating a century, perhaps".

Did Nature cease to exist in the '60s? Of course not. It just changes along with us.

Via Roughtype.com. Thanks Monique.

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Gillian
Posted 12/02/2011 – 05:21

Thank you for pointing to this Monique - I am researching youth, Web 2.0 and the natural world and I was astounded by McLuhan's insights, more than 43 years ago! Utterly amazing!

Adesa
Posted 09/02/2011 – 03:15

Neither nature nor correct spelling ceased to exist.

Should men be able to give birth to children?


Koert van Mensvoort: Is the artificial womb frankenstein-like symbol of (male) engineers trying to steal the magical womb from women? Or… is it a feminist project and needed to reach through equality between the sexes? I personally lean towards the latter. To me it feels like progress if a girl can tell a guy to carry the womb for a change.

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