Marshall McLuhan, dead ducks, and inedible humans

Сегодня по случаю (День рождения Маклюэна и небольшое собрание по этому поводу в Coach House) вспоминал эту замечательную историю.
Маклюэн, помимо прочего, был городским экологическим активистом. Однажды, после гибели 10 уток на островке, он организовал в горсовете Торонто специальные слушания. Удалось установить, что да, утки погибли от пестицидов. Специально приглашенный декан факультета зоологии подтвердил на слушаниях, что местная среда содержит достаточно пестицидов, чтобы сделать самого человека несъедобным. Маклюэн наслаждался процессом.

"…McLuhan …. sat on numerous boards and committees during his career, including Planetary Citizens as well as a three-person commission formed in 1969 to investigate the death of 10 ducks and ducklings on Ward’s Island. Holding hearings at City Hall before an audience of student groups, island residents, professors, and journalists, the commission heard testimony from a variety of experts before eventually determining that the ducks had perished as a result of exposure to pesticides used on the island. Marchand described the scene: “Some of this testimony verged on the ridiculous. The chairman of the University of Toronto zoology department, for instance, revealed that there was enough DDT in human beings to render them inedible. McLuhan enjoyed himself thoroughly.”"""
Источник: Historicist: Marshall McLuhan, Urban Activist. By Kevin Plummer

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