Wednesday, February 8, 2017
For Beckett, the integral being is not the acrobat but the clown. The acrobat acts as a specialist, using only a limited segment of his faculties.
The clown is the integral man who mimes the acrobat in an elaborate drama of incompetence.
Beckett sees the bicycle as the sign and symbol of specialist futility in the present electric age, when we must all interact and react, using all our facilities at once.
Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Media, (Corte Madera, CA: Ginko Press, 2003) 251.
image: The New Yorker