I have recently discovered this delightful blog and I want to share it with you, dear pond readers. I found this particular post quite affecting and funny. Enjoy!
Let us ponder the paradoxically obvious. Alan Jacobs is a teacher who is older than his students. To wit:
In one of my classes we’re reading McLuhan’s Understanding Media, and today I called my students’ attention to this passage… I pointed out to them McLuhan’s implicit claim: that he stands in the same relation to the new electronic age as Tocqueville stood to “typographic man.” He is an acute observer of the world he is describing to us, but not a native of it, and his slight distance is the key to his perceptiveness. I asked them to be especially attentive to his metaphor of “the spell” – and then I told them, “Basically, McLuhan is applying for the position of Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher for our entire culture.”
Most of them looked blankly at me.
The deftness of his analogy demonstrates that Jacobs is likely…
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