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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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!

Posted 09/02/2011 – 03:15

Neither nature nor correct spelling ceased to exist.

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