Real original thinkers
Re: Don’t blame tech for how people use it, Marni Soupcoff, Dec. 3, and Tech isn’t neutral, Letter to the editor, Dec. 6
Letter writer Gary Craigs quotes Neil Postman as saying that “every technology has an inherent bias.” But how sad that he quotes Postman’s derivative work, and not the original Canadian
thinkers, Harold Innis and Marshall McLuhan, whose work on media and society broke the ground in the field.
These two men, working at the University of Toronto, realized that our societies form around our technologies. McLuhan in particular noted how the linear paradigm of print had become supreme, but at the time of his writing (1964), was under attack by electronic media. That attack is now a rout, and many of our current problems have at their root the way electronic media dissolve print-based power structures (e.g. Trump used Twitter to completely bypass The New York Times). Canadian thinkers led the way here. Kevin Bertsch, Toronto