Friday, November 4, 2011

PROBE: Methodology

a chaotic combination of bland assertion, astute guesswork, fake analogy,dazzling insight, hopeless nonsense, shockmanship, wisecracks, and oracular mystification, all mingling cockily and indiscriminately in an endless, random and radiating mosaic or vortex ...

“He was basically a poet,” says Ted Carpenter, the renowned anthropologist and collaborator with McLuhan on the journal Explorations. “He was a jester, a shaman.” All wonderful personas, but none of them much welcome in the academy then -- or now. The more popular he became, the more his colleagues questioned his insights. In retrospect, the backlash seems inevitable."

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