Way Ahead

… and if you are not – maybe you should at least plan to be.

Instead of tending towards a vast Alexandrian library the world will become a computer, an electronic brain, exactly as in an infantile piece of science fiction. And as our senses go outside us, Big Brother goes inside. So, unless aware of this dynamic, we shall at once move into a phase of panic terrors, exactly befitting a small world of tribal drums, total interdependence, and superimposed co-existence. […] Terror is the normal state of any oral society, for in it everything affects everything all the time. […] In our long striving to recover for the Western world a unity of sensibility and of thought and feeling we have no more been prepared to accept the tribal consequences of such unity than we were ready for the fragmentation of the human psyche by print culture.

Marshall McLuhan

via Stephen Fry talking at The Hay Festival on May 28th

By the way – Neil Gaiman (‘friend’ of The Chaps) was also there … I mean is that a ‘twofer’ or what?

At least a twofer. Did he bring any Gods with him, I wonder?

Didn’t need to …. apparently he already felt like one – a couple of times actually!

Actually – that particular link might be useful in that three way we are working on with the other chap – you know – the one about whether fictional characters have an ontology.