a few people have asked what i did at blah... in manchester and what the probes thing was all about.
the idea comes from marshall mcluhan who was an amazing thinker most famous for his phrases 'the medium is the massage' and 'the global village'. he wrote about technology, media, and cultural change. but rather than write in big theoretical essays he preferred to use probes - short provocative statements that get under the skin and make you think. the book of probes is a collection of some of mcluhans probes from various works of his combined with the design work of david carson. it really is a fabulous book.
i scanned a few pages and added some of my own. while they were scrolling round we discussed various probes of mcluhan's round tables. i have put them in a quicktime movie probes.mov if you are interested (about 1mb).
then to nudge the conversation on from just cultural change to mission and the emerging church i presented four probes for people to talk about.
1. church practices are accomodations to a society that no longer exists (thanks to ryan bolger for this thought)
2. cross cultural mission is a fund for our imagination as we go backwards into the future
3. being alternative is a poor strategy for change though it may help you feel better
4. artists and creatives will pave the way to the future evoking grief and amazement
(obviously i set them up in particular ways and talked about them which i haven't got the time to do here...)
it was great to hang out with ben and andy and then another ben and andy and helen after. hopefully this got blah... off to a good start in manchester. ben has added a few pics at sanctus.