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RICKY RASURA - HARP CLASS RECITAL - DALLAS, TX

 
 
 

TAKEN FROM MARSHALL MCLUHAN, 'UNDERSTANDING MEDIA':

THE FIRST ITEMS IN THE PRESS TO WHICH ALL MEN TURN ARE THE ONES ABOUT WHICH THEY ALREADY KNOW.  IF WE HAVE WITNESSED SOME EVENT, WHETHER A BALL GAME OR A STOCK CRASH OR A SNOWSTORM, WE TURN DIRECTLY TO THE REPORT OF THAT HAPPENING FIRST.  WHY?  THE ANSWER IS CENTRAL TO ANY UNDERSTANDING OF MEDIA.  WHY DOES A CHILD LIKE TO CHATTER ABOUT THE EVENTS OF ITS DAY, HOWEVER JERKILY?  WHY DO WE PREFER NOVELS AND MOVIES ABOUT FAMILIAR SCENES AND CHARACTERS?  BECAUSE FOR RATIONAL HUMAN BEINGS TO SEE OR RE-COGNIZE THEIR EXPERIENCE IN A NEW MATERIAL FORM IS AN UNBOUGHT GRACE OF LIFE.  EXPERIENCE TRANSLATED INTO A NEW MEDIUM LITERALLY BESTOWS A DELIGHTFUL PLAYBACK OF EARLIER AWARENESS.  THE PRESS REPEATS THE EXCITEMENT WE HAVE IN USING OUR WITS, AND BY USING OUR WITS WE CAN TRANSLATE THE OUTER WORLD INTO THE FABRIC OF OUR OWN BEINGS.  THIS EXCITEMENT OF TRANSLATION EXPLAINS WHY PEOPLE QUITE NATURALLY WISH TO USE THEIR SENSES ALL THE TIME.  THOSE EXTERNAL EXTENSIONS OF SENSE AND FACULTY THAT WE CALL MEDIA WE USE AS CONSTANTLY AS WE DO OUR EYES AND EARS, AND FROM THE SAME MOTIVES.  ON THE OTHER HAND, THE BOOK ORIENTED MAN CONSIDERS THIS NONSTOP USE OF MEDIA AS DEBASED; IT IS UNFAMILIAR TO HIM IN THE BOOK-WORLD.

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