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The West shall shake the East awake
While ye have the night for morn.
— James Joyce, Finnegan’s Wake
企者不立;跨者不行;
自見者不明;自是者不彰;
自伐者無功;自矜者不長。
其在道也,曰:餘食贅行。
物或惡之,故有道者不處。
— Lao Tzu, Tao te Ching, Chapter 24
 
In Chapter 3 of Understanding Media (1964), “Reversal of the Overheated Medium,” Marshall McLuhan describes how technological enhancements tend to undergo reversals as they work themselves out within the wider environmental context. For example, the enhancement of…