Media– extensions of human senses
Fragmentation– the restructuring of human work and association
Mechanization– fragmentation of any process in a series.
Etherialization -the principle of progressive simplification and efficiency in any organization or technology.
Medium is the message. Personal and social consequences result from the new scale that is introduced into our affairs by each extension of ourselves or by any technology. Through automation , the new patterns of human association tend to eliminate jobs. Positively automation creates roles for people. Fragmentation is the essence of machine technology, it restructures human work and association. The essence of automation technology is the opposite, as it is integral and decentralist. Electric light is viewed as pure information. McLuhan used the the following example to show this;”whether or not light is being used for brain surgery or a baseball game is indifferent, as these activities are the content of the light, as they couldn’t occur without it.” According to McLuhan, the message of any medium or technology is the change of scale or pace or pattern that it introduces into human affairs. Sarnoff believed that the way media is used determines whether it is good or bad.“We are to prone to make technological instruments the scapegoats for the sins of those who wield them,” Sarnoff said.
McLuhan believed that any medium has the power of imposing its own assumption on the unwary. Ultimately, McLuhan viewed technological media as a natural resource, just like coal and cotton, as they are “fixed charges on the physic life of a community.” ” Every new technology creates a new environment in which men can work” The Medium is the Massage Part 1 – Marshall McLuhan
If a paperback book’s creating process was all done digitally is it considered digital writing? According to McLuhan that answer is yes. Applying his analogy of electric light;”whether or not light is being used for brain surgery or a baseball game is indifferent, as these activities are the content of the light, as they couldn’t occur without it,” this book can be considered digital writing. This is because the book wouldn’t exist without it.
Understanding Media: The Extension of Man New York: McGraw Hill, 1964.