The 'Marshall McLuhan moment' in the first presidential debate

Jerome J. Schmitt
Annie Hall has a famous scene wherein Woody Allen is stuck in a theatre queue next to a know-it-all, blowhard Columbia Professor who loudly blathers on nonsensically about famous figures including the media theorist, Marshall McLuhan.  A fantasy-scene ensues in which Woody expresses his irritation over this nonsense and then Marshall McCluhan appears out of nowhere in the theater lobby to support Woody and put-down the blowhard. 



I immediately thought of this when witnessing the debate between Senators McCain and Obama over what Henry Kissinger had said about negotiating with
Iran.  Like McLuhan, Kissinger has now weighed in on this matter, supporting McCain and putting the Columbia grad in his place.




Woody Allen no doubt hates the use of his work in this vein.
Annie Hall has a famous scene wherein Woody Allen is stuck in a theatre queue next to a know-it-all, blowhard Columbia Professor who loudly blathers on nonsensically about famous figures including the media theorist, Marshall McLuhan.  A fantasy-scene ensues in which Woody expresses his irritation over this nonsense and then Marshall McCluhan appears out of nowhere in the theater lobby to support Woody and put-down the blowhard. 



I immediately thought of this when witnessing the debate between Senators McCain and Obama over what Henry Kissinger had said about negotiating with
Iran.  Like McLuhan, Kissinger has now weighed in on this matter, supporting McCain and putting the Columbia grad in his place.




Woody Allen no doubt hates the use of his work in this vein.