“A computer as a research and communication instrument could enhance
retrieval, obsolesce mass library organization, retrieve the individuals
encyclopedic function and flip into a private line to speedily tailored
data of a saleable kind.”
-A dialogue between Marshall McLuhan and Bruce Powers called “Angels to Robots: From Euclidean Space to Einsteinian Space,” in ‘The Global Village’ by Marshall McLuhan and Bruce Powers, 1989.
“The next medium, whatever it is — it may be the extension of consciousness — will include television as its content, not as its environment, and will transform television into an art form.”
-Marshall McLuhan, ‘The Invisible Environment: The Future of an Erosion.’ Perspecta, Vol. 11 (1967) pp. 162–167. Published by the MIT Press.
What struck me about this product is that it is probably more minimal than many other products developed under an MVP mindset — yet at the same time it was more functional and more useful than most. By ensuring that it did only one job but did that job exceedingly well, the product is extremely s…