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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/24986

Title: The New Middle Ages: Medievalism in McLuhan and Vacca
Authors: Guardiani, Francesco
Keywords: modernita`, modernity, Typographic Modernity, Modernita` tipografica, McLuhan, Marshall McLuhan, Modern Age, Eta` Moderna, Postmodernita`, Postmodernism, Postmodernity, Post modernity, Postmodern, Postmoderno, Typographic Modernity, Modernita` Tipografica, Galassia Gutenberg, Gutenberg Galaxy, Typographic Culture, Cultura tipografica, Electronic Culture, Cultura elettronica, Contemporary culture, Cultura contemporanea, Contemporary criticism, Critica contemporanea, Teoria della letteratura, Theory of literature, Theory of culture, Teoria della cultura
Roberto Vacca, medioevo prossimo venturo, Club di Roma, Medievalism, Futurist, Cultural Forecast, Dark Ages, Club of Rome
Issue Date: 2000
Publisher: Legas, Ottawa
Citation: “The New Middle Ages: Medievalism in McLuhan and Vacca.” Medievalism: The Future of the Past. A St. Michael’s College Symposium. Eds. Joseph Goering, Francesco Guardiani. Ottawa: Legas, 2000. Pp. 161-170.
Series/Report no.: St. Michael's College Series
Abstract: A very successful book formulated years ago in its title, The Coming Dark Age, (from the original Italian, Il medioevo prossimo venturo, by Roberto Vacca, published in 1971) a sense of anxiety over planetary end-of-the-second-millennium problems, such as "nuclear holocaust, overpopulation, pollution and ecological disaster". What is interesting in these short-range prophecies is that one may live long enough to recognize their fallacy. Vacca predicted that we would be right in the new Middle Ages by the end of the millennium. Marshall McLuhan also spoke of the reappearance of the Middle Ages, but in totally different terms, indicating how medieval our contemporary world really is, because of the shift from a visually biased to a multisensorial perception, imposed on us by the passage from the mechanically oriented culture of the past to the one, based on electronics, in which we live.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/24986
ISBN: 9-780921-252986
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