The Resonating Interval:
Exploring the Process of the Tetrad
By Anthony Hempell
The Global Village Transformations in World Life and Media in the 21st Century By Marshall McLuhan and Bruce R. Powers
Oxford University Press, 1989.
Despite its title, The Global Village does not deal
with the popular McLuhan concept of the tribalized yet "wired" global community
directly. Instead, the book wrestles with the worldwide effects of video and
video-related technology. The simultaneous duality of video, say McLuhan & Powers,
is what defines our era: we can experience two places at once.
McLuhan believed this duality would lead mankind to embrace the lost hemisphere
of acoustic space: where holistic, creative thought based on
relationships and patterns was dominant (in contrast with the linearity
of the left-brained visual space of rational/scientific thinking).
The book contains several themes, of which I will explore three that are
particularly relevant to understanding the tetrad: