McLuhan probably coined the terms, ‘Speed of Light Society’. I would say that for however many explanations the terms have, I don’t really know any. He may have said it, but I won’t ever really grasp at what he meant. I may tend to more easily understand Flip Wilson (“What you see is what you get”). I mean, all I feel is a kind of Alzheimer’s, but not the kind of affliction one has physically, but almost the kind of mental abstractness one might feel after having died, and then say, gone back to work.
Every image I see before me, moving or still, is something I can instantly take for granted, and can equally take me for granted. Am I supposed to know what this is? I’m supposed to know what this is. I’m supposed to take it in and digest it. And like Olestra, it just passes through me, on to the next destination. I just continue to sit there, helpless. I’m either socially unified in my praise, or unified in my disgust, but I must be unified. Or else, why would I be sitting here subjecting myself?
So then what is this feeling if not an actual Alzheimer’s? Some kind of post-dementia? What’s the difference between a mind that cannot hold on to what it knows, and information that merely washes past it, like a babbling brook?
Perhaps when it comes down to it, maybe Flip has a point: When you watch a, ‘time lapse’, that’s precisely what you get.
Back to work.