Miss Shun, Miss Ed & Miss Chief

U&LC was one of the first publications to focus on the emerging “design community”, published by the International Typeface Corporation (ITC) and art directed by Herb Lubalin, —you have seen some typfaces with is name. The purpose was to market their typefaces to designersi n the emerging design and photo type business.

U&lc refers to upper & lower case . When metal type was used for printing the letters were cast in metal and stored in flat wooden cases with different spaces for different letters.— the “a”s in one area, the “b”s in one the “b” s in another area, ,etc.. larger area for the “e”s and smaller area for the “z”s, etc.

While working the type setter would select the letter from the case and put in the correct place on the composition tool. The letter cases were stored on shelves with the capital letters on top and the small letters below., The type setter knew by feel where each letter was and the capitals and small letters were respectively called upper and lower case. When wanting to use capitals and small letters, a designer would specify “u&lc.” to the type setter

Designers from all over would sent their requests .

which became part of the content.

The design sense of this one may be before the experience of designers who were not working in the field before computers. Before printed marketing materials became became ubiquitous, the work was much simpler and the designers were called “graphic artists.” As the importance of design quality grew, graphic designers brought an identity of professionalism and respect.

The term “graphic artist” increasing came to refer to the people that did basic mechanical work and some spot illustrations while designer was used to refer to creatives .

Sometimes presenting visual design concepts to a client marketing group there would be an older “veteran of the business,” so to speak, who did not like the design, or or thought he or she should have been the one to “select” the designer, maybe thought they know more about design than every one else in the room, or who knows what? A chip on on a shoulder.? While everyone else was referring to me as the “designer,” that individual woulds use the term “graphic artist” as often and in as demeaning a manner as possible. This one captures the essence of that period, you get it at the last line, note the corners, hahahaha, I can remember drawing solid lines with a ruling pen and then cleaning the corners and cutting the layer off the paper to make the equal pieces of white. Later you could buy lines on transparent tape, tape them in place and trim the corners. and even later press on broken lines with corners.

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Sometimes it may seem as if my words flit from one thing to another with no sense of connection, no clear bridge from one line to another.

I have some sort of an “Attention deficit” disorder.. I can follow what I am writing and its relationship to the images as I am doing it, but for others it might seem like reading Finnegans Wake . . .

later when proofing I see other ways it could be read,

Nothing more than a walking man with his head hidden by a leafy branch. Maybe he runs into some one on the trail, gets infected by covid and dies; maybe he buys a winning lottery ticket; For this one moment, a window between past and future, he is in a harmony which may last for 1/25th of a second.and somewhere in the universe that 125th of a second image may be traveling around at the speed of light, searching for an eye to finally express itself..

What kind of memory is enabled in a photograph? Is it memory which may not last as long a photograph but will last for a life time.

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Mr & Mrs Gary Holt, it seems to me her name was Jun, its been sometime, I cannot remember for sure, I met Gary some years before he married. Gary was a Berkeley Potter, home and workshop located at Fifth Street between Jones and Page. .

Holiday sales were weekends starting the Friday after Thanksgiving through the last weekend before Christmas, an annual Spring sale.

Chawan, I think he called this a salt soluble, has a Miro-esque feeling to it, one of his first ones of a series.

Guinomi by Gary Holt; ki-seto tokkuri by Kagami Shugai

I am not yet quite my farther”s age in this photo of him—sometimes I reflect on getting old, arthritis in the hips; fingers and hands significantly less functional; and so on, he lived with encroaching Alzheimer’s, this was the second to last time I saw him functional.
The last time, the next Christmas holidays, we drove around at night looking at the holiday lights. Later, a bottle of wine and, again, for a last time, we went one by one through his collection of 60 netsukes; where he got it, what moved him to buy it; and so on. He was an engineer and the netsukes were the closest, perhaps the only, Art , in which we could overlap.
He was most impressed by the hand craftsmanship; I liked the design creativity; the difference did not matter, we shared something important in life. Sometimes I think my own life got in the way of knowing him better.

“Out of the sly and crafty eyes of many of them leap cupidity,
cruelty, insanity, and crime: From their lopsided faces,
sloping brows and misshapen features may be recognized
the unmistakable criminal type.”

A comment about immigrants spoken by Attorney General Mitchell Palmer US AG 1919-1920

The Palmer Raids,  a series of raids conducted November 1919 and January 1920 by the United States Department of Justice under the administration of President Woodrow Wilson to capture and arrest suspected socialists, especially anarchists and communists, and deport them from the United States.

Having cut off his arm, Eka stood in there in the snow until it reached his knees,
Daruma asked What is you want?”
Eka said,“My mind has no peace please give it a rest.”
“Bring your mind here, I will give it a rest.”
I have searched for that mind, I cannot find it .”
“Then I have put it to rest.”
My less-understood paraphrase from Blyth translation of Mumonkan

My mother, after suffering a stroke, severe memory loss, and expressive aphasia, and at this time, she did not know who was , just the guy who shows up every day. She reaches out to touch the image of her husband of 64 years, they were high school sweet hearts, Deep inside she feels, she1 knows , there is something there, bu even though her mind will not let her remember, it does not stop her from raising her hand and touching his image.

Gate gate paragate, parasamgate, Bodhi Svaha

Wear two go

志野焼 Shino-yaki

Antique e-shino plate: Shino is a Japanese “folk pottery” kiln from the Seto-Mino area of Japan. The “e” refers to picture; e-shino means shino pottery with a picture, such as a brush drawing of a plant.

Generally quality Japanese pottery, folk or Kyoto style, comes packaged in a wooden box called a “Tomobaku” (link to Robert Yellin’s explanation). often the box is also a piece of Art.

This is how Sidney Cardozo writes about an encounter in his book The Art of Rosanjin. 

When Rosanjin did call on Picasso, he brought this most renowned Western artist an example of his potting. Naturally it was in the finest of paulownia wood boxes. Picasso was fascinated by the smoothness of the wood and glowed with pleasure as he stroked the surface. Impatiently, Rosanjin thundered “Not the box, not the box, you simple child! What I made is inside the box!”  
Quoted from Robert Yellin’s excellent site on Japanese pottery : http://www.e-yakimono.net/html/thebox.HTM

This box top says:
Large kanji = Set (of dishes); small kanji refers to e-shino,
They are (likely) antique I b ought them some years ago from Robert Yellin who told me they came from a “roadhouse,.’ its a nice story, I don”’t know if its true, however the large characters are an old way of referring to a set of dishes. In Japan where a set of stuff for serving food is generally five—plates, ,bowls, yunomi, hashioki, etc.

Pottery is a tool created by human beings to improve the quality of life. Its been around for over 25,000 years . Who thought of making a bowl out of mud?; who thought of firing the piece of mud and figured out how to make a container which could hold liquid? Pottery is a tool people use in their daily life. and the quality of the potter is both technical and ascetic.

Unohanagaki style shino chawan, after style of a famous tea bowl., also purchased from Robert Yellin,

Do you have a favorite cup or bowl. which you use regularly because you enjoy using it? ?? Which artists first created pottery to gave meaning to the lives of everyday users, I think the artistic experience of daily using a wonderful rice bowl is more important than going to a museum where I have to pay, stand in line, can only go at certain times. and No Touching Please!

An aka shino (red) guionmi. for sake

grey shino guinomi

Gray shino yunomi for every day sencha or buncha..

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Invited by our parents
We came here

As temporary guests,
And without remaining mind,
We go back to our native place
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Takuan Sōhō  沢庵 宗彭, December 24, 1573 – January 27, 1645

Mos’ days I walk along Alameda Creek . I have a small p&s —Nikon 8200—camera. I’m walking for 3-4 miles for exercise so I don’t carry the heavier SLR , and the SLR would focus me on protecting the camera when the main purpose of being there is the exercise.

Some people express “Its a wonder that people are so different!!”

There is a road, no simple highway
Between the dawn and the dark of night.
And if you go no one may follow
That path is for your steps alone

Ripple song by Grateful Dead

Equally amazing is that even though each individual has “unique experiences” using their five senses to “know” the Universe, these unique experiences, through reason, become common experiences..and it can do this while maintaining the unique experience. Houses are al different , but we can talk about houses n general—common meaning— and our Dream House or a F.L. Wright house .

Its a wonder we are so much the same— humans have common languages. A language is a complex thing to learn and individuals learn, at whatever different levels, a language—even people who may not have .all five senses are able to learn/create some kind of language to communicate with others and to share common meanings.

Words, audible sounds, which originally were unique meaningful expressions of an individual became homogenized common sounds for a networked group of people, a society.

When western anthropologists first “discovered” different small societies there were not so many material variables and/or they were not able to see them, but they could “feel” and “see” this“ process of culture” as it worked in a small setting..

As part of the “European colonialization period” social scientists, still in its infancy, like most Europeans tended to view these others as “technologically not so advanced” which probably leads to an observational methodological bias that the more advanced can observe the less advanced and understand what is going on and the less advanced cannot have this understanding.

Along with the negative aspects, the concept of “culture,” the process of the homogenization of individual unique experiences so that people speak the same language with common meanings was, to some extant, at the expense of individuals not having sounds to express their unique experiences which few, if any others, outside of family would understand.

Learning your language just happens by growing up. Its a natural process of human beings.and a good example of how natural human qualities are quantitatively distributed among human beings. What is the difference between an obsession and an ability to focus?

Through written human history, we know there were other people who as adults traveled around the Earth, learned to speak and read/write other languages. Centuries before CE, peoples were migrating, traveling, trading, conquering building civilizations all over the Earth.—basically :

The empire, long divided, must unite; long united, must divide. Thus it has ever been
opening lines from Romance of the Three Kingdoms  三國演義 14th century Classic Chinese novel.

What we call “Globalization” is a process which has been going on for a long time , since the beginning of Humanity, when homo sapiens decided they could not survive here and moved there.

But very slowly. . .

Home sapiens are 200,000 years history, These technological changes creating a Global Village have rapidly accelerated during the past centuries, faster during the past few decades and even faster during the past 20 years.

People all over the Globe have quality “culture-process” inter-communication, and increasingly humans all over the world are affected by, and are effecting, a world culture. In the he human past is hows this kind of process has been cycles of killing, stealing , subjugating and the “law & order” of a political elite. Who owns the Earth? Why do I own this piece of land my house sits on? Going back 25 years its because I paid for it, but going back centuries, its because some people committed genocide and property theft to colonialize and later found this country.

If in the present and future process of Globalization, humans cannot develop a better process to unite and create a global political entity, who’s to say, but for sure hundreds of millions of innocent humans on Earth will die.

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I do not believe that Art has to make a social or political statement, but I do believe Art can be used to make a social or political statement, and that sometimes the Art makes a social or political statement without the intention of the artist to do so.

To whom does Art belong?

This family used to walk by my apartment regularly on their way to shopping. He looks like a good son but sometimes I feel sorry for him Jamacia Plain, 1973

See how they are dressed, the expressions on their faces and their gestures. It feels like Iron Curtain countries, 1950s. I used to wonder, here is a young man about my age, did he work at a job with a career track? What kind of goals he had for his life? did he date or join buddies for Saturday night at a neighborhood bar with a pool table which served boilermakers with beer chasers? Jamaica Plain, circa 1973

A snowing day in the Back Bay (about 1972)

Early one morning, Sometimes people like photographs of themselves, sometimes they object. Making photographs of myself has been a combination of a readily available and cheap model ,

This man looks like a walking meditation.

This is really not graffiti., I stand in front of the sun, the image is there, and after I make the photograph and walk away the image is gone just as if I had never been there. Still theoretically the area of sunlight blocked f would for a second or two have a made an impression on the paint. Suppose we had a machine which 200 years from now could read the paint and visually recall the moment of the image and measure the difference—would that change history?

Words can be more perfect than behavior, they can describe a utopia, but while its only behavior which can make it happen, its the words that inspire and direct.

gate gate pāragate pārasaṃgate bodhi svāhā,

A small image of buddha from the temple where grew the Bodhi Tree under which Shaka Buddha was enlightened.

My grey shun

The fall is persimmon time.

This year I mix them with Trader Joe’s oatmeal, two minutes in the microwave, add some California raisins and almonds, another 30 seconds, then add persimmon (or apple or banana) and a little milk—protein, vitamins and carbs..

The moon far away . . .

and nearby is our faith in a near consumer economy.

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Human beings—Homo sapiens—have been around for about 300,000 years..

Rome., Greece, China, MIddle East, , Aztecs, Incas, the Eurasian Steppes, wes3 of the Jade Gate — for peoples all over the world, primary written knowledge of the history of human beings is limited, give it 4000 years to be generous . . . or include art as an expression of primary evidence, painted images go back to 45000 years ago or on the Iberian Peninsula where art is dated to 64,000 years ago.

300,000/6000= 1/500 = 0.02 or or 0.2 %

Human life as we know it is about 0.2% of the history of the human species.yet is only the last 150 years that “technologically advanced civilized” humans‚ have created nuclear weapons and altered the global climate in their drive for more and more wealth

Its interesting how we see history, for example, when using the symbols BC and Ad , or symbols BCE and CE or where ever humans choose to designate the concept of something unknown , when they choose to divide the continuum of history from an unknown past to the known present on to the unknown future. Both ends, the past and future are undetermined—unknown— and yet we do not let that “unknown” bother us from our daily life in the middle—Its November 20, 2021, who cares about any other time, out of sight, out of mind.

Show me your face before you were born . . . why can‘t we remember the future? . . . What was happening before The Big Bang?

Life forms on Earth have all figured out a way to survive as a species. Survival of the fittest —reproductive success. No life forms are separate, they are all inter-related and part of why we survive on Earth

Here we are on Earth, our home in the Universe, the one planet in one solar system, out of billions of solar systems in one galaxy out of billions of galaxies in a Universe which is expanding. Will human beings survive long enough to have to migrate in search of another sun?

For 300,000 years humans have been living on Earth and increasingly we are learning that during that time many people traveled extensively , and in hard times when the fitness part of “survival” moved people to migrate, long before there were kings, or warlords, or geo-political nation states with “national boundaries” defended by standing armies paid for by taxes legitimized by the idealogical license of “National Sovereignty.” Migrating is what people naturally do. its geo-political entities with tax payer funded standing armies which is is unnatural

“Capitalism” —an economic and political system in which a country’s trade and industry are controlled by private owners for profit, rather than by the state.— (Oxford Languages)

Or—
Capitalism is often thought of as an economic system in which private actors own and control property in accord with their interests, and demand and supply freely set prices in markets in a way that can serve the best interests of society. The essential feature of capitalism is the motive to make a profit. (Wikopedia).

The internet enables the world to inter-connect instantly and constantly —as long as there is electricity, which has to be produced. For the first time in history people all around Earth see other people, other societies, and compare themselves and dream of something better for themselves.and their families.

“Economically successful” western societies have developed consumer markets where fashionable new products are constantly created to compete for discretionary monies —planned obsolescence—and for many individuals in the developing world, the global economy is their chance to participate in a market with lower prices and better quality products—if only the “developed countries” actually believed in free markets.

For so many new products its cheaper to just take another piece of Earth from “over there“, bring it over here and make some new things to sell in the market, and just throw the old thing away, “over there, ” please, not here.

“Every proposition  on Earth can be figured on a basis of profit and loss and there is no other practical way to figure anything.”

.“When I say profit, I mean earned profit, but not in the  legal sense I mean earned   “De facto,”  and not “de jure”.”

“Take the income I will earn for the rest of my life from the ownership of stock  in Southdown Incorporated, that is called “unearned income” but actually I have earned it by years of of devoted service I have rendered to the company. I have earned it because I deserve it. But as a contrast  take the  profit, the income that Sarah Jaffe has been getting from her ownership of stock since the death of her father. Mrs. Jaffe, I’d like to ask you what have you ever done for the  corporation .Tell me one single thing  small or large. Your average income in Southdown dividends for the past five years has been more than 40,000 dollars, have you earned one cent of it? 

My father did the earning,.”she said

But you personally ?

No of course not, I’ve never earned anything 

Prisoners Base, a NeroWolfe novel by Rex Stout

Every person on this Earth has a birth right to life., still after 300,000 years of homo sapiens and 4-5 thousand years of “civilization”, humans still delight in finding reasons to murder each other .

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For over three years I was personally involved with the care of mom, she had a stroke with severe memory loss and expressive aphasia. She lived in a memory facility and was in rehab for a couple of months.

Being involved in the care of one’s parent is a privilege and honor. For what ever reason one gets chosen even if its by default.

It takes a lot of time.

At rehab, she was there for eight weeks, the sliding front door was locked, needed a “buzz” to get in. Mom always curious and anxious to get outside would sit by the front door. When someone approached the door and the buzzer rang she would be waiting to make her escape by zooming out the door.

The staff let her roam around the facility in her wheel chair and she would visit other patients and give opinions to the professional caregivers as to “what they were doing wrong.”

My mother’s name was Lynn, which was also the name of town north of Boston, this railroad line ran through Union Square, Somerville, I would assume it might go there. Photo circa 1970

Gate gate, paragate, parasamgate, Bodhi Svaha.

When is zen, beyond my ken

Often when people want to express that a “photograph” or a “specific thing” in the photograph is fake they will say its been “photoshopped,” meaning the image  is not a true representation of some “reality” that a photograph claims or is supposed  to visually represent.

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Generally people think of a photograph as being an image where light reflects off a “thing,” goes through a lens, makes an impression on a chemical film or a digital recording, and the “impression”  is an accurate, a  “real.”  representation of that  “thing.”

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This separates  photography from other graphic arts—a term which means a process of reproducing  multiple identical images.

Wood block— cut the wood, ink the wood, press a paper on it, and  basically no matter how many times you do it, the image comes out the same as compared to  drawings, or medieval monks making multiple copies of a manuscript.

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Same with etching, silk screen, or a computer which prints an image on the screen from electronic data and on the WWW, wherever in the world are people looking at a computer, the same image appears—is printed—on everyone’s  screen. The graphic arts means a process which prints the same image multiple times.

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The graphic arts brought into this world a common standard for legitimacy of written information.

This is more than just  people accepting that a common  visual symbol means this and this combination of symbols mean that, and this combination of the combinations means another thing.

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In McCluhan’s theory during  the previous “stage” (pre-print) of human development people used a balance of their senses—sight, hear, taste , touch and smell—for knowing, a more integrated process of knowing not over dominated by the visual experience.

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Print, and basically “mechanization” of society  the fragmentation of work)  generated a dominate use of sight with a reduction in the use of our other senses to “know.”

People know reality and communicate with each other through senses and “human tools ” are extensions of our senses.

Along Alameda Creek

I live about 100 yards from the entrance to the creek  and this man lives in a area just before  the entrance. Sometimes we meet, walk together and talk.

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In McCluhan’s theory  in the previous “stage” (pre-print) of human development  people used a balance of the senses—sight, hear, taste, touch and smell— as tools for knowing.

Print generated a dominate use of sight and a reduction in the use of other senses. People know through their  senses and “human tools” are extensions of our senses—a telescope is an extention of the eye. Media is how people communicate what they, or we, know.

I meet this gentleman generally Saturday morning just on the other side of the Decoto St bridge. We meet and talk awhile about things we have in common and sometimes express opinions.

Once I saw him with his dog walking along the sidewalk  when driving near the bridge,  honked the horn, waved, he recognized me and waved back.

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The print era created a mechanical world where the standard for knowing is  logical linear relations establishing  cause and effect.

We have talked for many years, she and her husband have lived here for many, many years.

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Abstract uniform units gradually pervade all aspects  of life. The mechanical clock generates a common sense that the universe is a bunch of quantitive units happening one after another, in some kind of order and science is a search for that order.

Time becomes a common standardized measure of quantitive units separated from the individual’s unique experiences and  the  electrification of the world creates  a common time where the unique personal experience  is separated from reality of the common time.

We meet on the trail at least twice a week, often more,  usually I walk with them for awhile, and they are wonderful conversationalists. They emigrated from Portugal, as did many people in Fremont.

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The electric light is pure information, a medium without a message . . . or the medium is  the message  . ..

But soft! what light through yonder window  breaks? 
It speaks, and yet says nothing.
(from Romeo and Juliet)

I might have written  “It speaks and says knowthing.”

Generally he wears something Army,  he was a career soldier in the US Army  and proud of it. He likes unusual theories which explain things.by using “facts” we people do not commonly know.

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People in print culture  separate the content of the media from the form of  the media—technology brings us good and bad things, it is neither good or bad, it its the people who use it that make it  good or bad.

One day,  never saw her again.With her were two younger men, a son and his friend.

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A bird watcher and photographer, another one day never saw again. I like the visual of his sun glasses raised up to appear as his eyebrows, they create an interesting  visual tension with the thickness of his lips

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We often meet on the trail usually Sundays or sometimes  Saturdays, weekdays she is usually working as an administrator and educator, and rides the bike for exercise and to reduce pollution.

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In San Francisco,  constructed buildings  in the background are seen through a construction site fence, a view in the future  to be no longer be available.

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How well do we in our daily lives pass by the embedded memories that at one time a different peoples lived on this land, and then God told a bunch europeans that if they got in their boats, crossed the big water, they would arrive at the  promised land;  there be people already living there, but its alright to kill them and steal their land, they are just savages, the “proof”  being  they use violence to defend themselves  against our violent invasion, defending  their families when the Europeans killed them and stole their land, and besides  they were not christians.

“Only our footprints do we leave and the wind takes them away.”

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Up so short it feels like down to me

Its always easy  to start the day  by looking down, no place to go but up

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Once said, the karma of a person’s life expressed is their face when they are old

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And the  hopes of ones’s life were  facially expressed  in youth.  On a street corner, waiting for the light to change the one word in English that we shared was “Bluegrass.”

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My chants  steps in out of nowear  and  you miss it because you were working,

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Whereas the Western child is early introduced to building blocks, keys in locks, water taps, and a multiplicity of items and evens which constrain him   to think in  terms of spatiotemporal relations and mechanical causation , the African child receives instead an education which depends much more exclusively on the spoken word and which is highly charged with drama and emotion.

Quoted from The Gutenberg Galaxy by Marshall McLuhan who is quoting a  J. C. Carothers  article in Psychiatry November 1959

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Please ignore the out dated “ human bias” aspects of the above quote where the author is trying to connect words in a concept expressing the act of  comparing oral media society to a  print media society by pointing to “real life example.”  Just consider the concept;  compare oral  and print societies and how they might generate a very different “Cultural Reality” for the individuals in the each population.

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Of course you need to understand that “Cultural Reality” is where all of the people in the society share the same unified reality, there is no “fake reality”  or “Alternative Facts.”

McLuhan  wants to express that in a print society people use visual knowing at the with a reduction  of “knowing by other senses” compared to oral societies which are less dependent on visual knowing and more on an other sense or  combination of  other senses.

(NOTE: Don’t get too hung up, its a concept).

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And electronic media will generate a whole new “Reality”  at a time when the whole Earth will be in the process of a generating a “single global culture.”

Where previously the Earth was populated by different “cultures or societies”  with  their own view of reality—their culture— and the history of people was the evolution of larger and larger unified populations—caves and family, clan, village, polis, kingdom, nation state—electronic media generates forces of cultural homogenization which have the abilities  to generate a world culture.

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Unfortunately without leadership with a vision, the past will be repeated, populists demagogues will eagerly emerge with their message of hate,  killing and revenge. The process will happen, no one wants to return to caves (almost)  but without leadership with a vision many people will suffer and die or more drastic, people will destroy human civilization.

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Or you could just ignore it, maybe some alien culture will intervene or God will create a war that ends all wars saving two of each finding refuge in a bomb shelter ark.,

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Can you find the mistakes? Are they mistakes because you think so? Would you give me an F grade for this effort?

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