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Rick did an amazing job installing a new heating and AC system, in a rather difficult house. His communication was superb, he was always on time, or early. Could not recommend him more! Thanks Rick!

My AC started blowing warm air last week...not good! I knew it was the original system in my house, built in 1982, so I figured it was time. I am a Real Estate Broker and know all kinds of service vendors, but I will never use anyone but Rick at RK Mechanical for ANY of my heating and air conditioning needs. He is honest, prompt and fair priced..what more can you ask for? Also, a very nice guy!! Not only was his bid the most reasonable, but he was able to do the job quickly, which is so nice...in and out! Thank you, Rick!! Bring on the heat..!!

My AC was struggling a little bit with this recent heat and humidity, so I called Rick out to just take a look. I was fearful that (as is the case with many repair companies) he was going to give me the worst case and most expensive scenario. Not at all the case--he was so helpful and explained that a simple replacement of the air filter would get my AC functioning better and bring down my monthly cost. He didn't even charge for the visit, which I would have happily paid for. Anytime you call someone out to diagnose a potential problem in your home, there's always the danger of being overcharged for something that really doesn't need repair. Rick was so incredibly up front and helpful, I will keep him on speed-dial any time I need help with my heating and air. Finding reliable honest people is invaluable--it's like striking gold! Wish I could give more than 5 stars!!!! Thank you so much, Rick.

I have gone through three companies in the last nine years for AC and Heating needs. Two years ago I met Rick, we found our guy! Seriously, one of the most knowledgable mechanic I have ever met. I keep trying to get him to work on anything and everything so I can just get everything to work as well as my AC/Heating system. Highly recommended

I've hired Rick at RK Mechanical twice in 8 years. He's very knowledgeable at his trade and made quality service during a hot spell. I've not hired anyone else so I honestly can't compare, but why go elsewhere when you're happy with great service. I can definitely endorse RK Mechanical.

A friend recommended Rick to us and we used him to install an AC unit. He and his team were professional, on time, and conscientious about keeping our home clean as they worked. The unit has been functioning perfectly. Besides the high quality work and service it was very affordable. We got a quote from a big HVAC company (think orange and blue) that was 70% higher than we paid. On top of that they were high pressure (10% discount if you sign today) and used scare tactics (don't use a small company they might not be around when you need them). In fact RK proves them wrong in longevity of his business, service, and price.

Rick is very professional and dependable. He and his team do excellent work. His quote for our air conditioning was almost half of what a large company quoted us. We would not hesitate to recommend him and in fact have recommended him to 3 of our friends already. Extremely happy with his product and service.

Twentieth-Century VOX: Marshall McLuhan & the Mechanical Bride (9/2012)

All of which makes McLuhan’s first book, The Mechanical Bride: Folklore of Industrial Man, a study of advertising published by the distinguished independent house Vanguard Press in 1951, so strong a marker in his own story, and so captivating today: hilarious, threatening, inspiring, scary for the world it depicts and the solutions it seems to propose. By more than a decade, it anticipated both the spirit and the content of such media critiques as Guy Debord’s The Society of the Spectacle (1967), and for that matter the Rolling Stones’ 1965 hits “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” and “Get Off of My Cloud”–not to mention Herbert Marcuse’s far less nimble Eros and Civilization (1955) and such works of pop sociology as Vance Packard’s once scandalizing The Hidden Persuaders (1957). For a book by a professor, let alone a first book, it could not be less academic. Even the Roland Barthes of Mythologies (1957), with whom the McLuhan of 1951 shares the most, is hesitant and circumscribed by comparison, and the later Buckminster Fuller, with the likes of Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth (1969) a by-the-numbers utopian.

In fifty-nine short essays, each one illustrated with a newspaper front page, a movie poster, a comic-strip panel, a lurid paperback cover, or, most often, an advertisement, and most often from a mass-circulation magazine such as LookReader’s Digest, or, preeminently, Life, McLuhan unwrites and rewrites what he is certain is the language of a new phase in human history:

No longer is it possible for modern man, individu­ally or collectively, to live in any exclusive segment of human experience or achieved social pattern. The modern mind, whether in its subconscious collective dream or in its intellectual citadel of vivid aware­ness, is a stage on which is contained and re-enacted the entire experience of the human race. There are no more remote and easy perspectives, either artistic or national. Everything is present in the foreground. That fact is stressed equally in current physics, jazz, newspapers, and psychoanalysis. And it is not a question of preference or taste. This flood has already immersed us. And whether it is to be a benign flood, cleansing the Augean stables of speech and experience, as envisaged in Joyce’s Finnegans Wake, or a merely destructive element, may to some extent depend on the degree of exertion and direc­tion which we elicit in ourselves. [3]

He is insisting on a great crisis, and insisting that it is new: “Ours is the first age in which many thousands of the best-trained individual minds have made it a full-time business to get inside the collective public mind. To get inside in order to manipulate, exploit, control is the object now. And to generate heat not light is the intention. To keep everybody in the helpless state engendered by prolonged mental rutting is the effect of many ads and much entertainment alike.” [4]

McLuhan creates a sense of high stakes. It is no matter that he writes from Canada, because, really, he doesn’t: The US is his subject, the sea he swims in. Because the American mind is the modern mind, it is that mind that must be read. McLuhan generates such a sense of drama that the reader, or the looker, is pulled through his terrible puns (“from the cradle to the gravy,” “eager to sell their souls for a pot of message”), moments of sourness and fulminating raillery (“Time deals with its readers as a Sultan with his eunuchs”), phrases that sound as if they were clichés even before they were written (“these wondrous totalitarian techniques for mashing the public into processed cheese”), or what feels like irritation parading as judgment (“‘Democratic’ vanity has reached such proportions that it cannot accept as human anything above the level of cretinous confusion of mind of the type popularized by Hemingway’s heroes”). [5] Like any great critic, McLuhan here makes the reader feel as if he or she has embarked with the author on a great adventure. Never mind the readings of ads for long-defunct products in magazines that no longer exist: Whether merely sententious or as gripping as a thriller, hectoring or satiric, the book never reads as dated. And that’s partly because McLuhan, gearing up to slay the dragon of brainwashing, propaganda, and fascist-capitalist mind control, is having so much fun.

This is an excerpt. Read the full essay at https://goo.gl/ig1cAL .

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