It was a very popular image at the end of the 19th century. The story Descent into the Maelstrom ( What's his name who did Moby Dick) provided McLuhan with an image of how to survive in the madness of the 20th century - a form of pattern recognition.
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But a very strange way to plow a field.
The maelstrom might be a better source for that image.
Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
A variation on this is going round and round in a ring endlessly.
"I see crowds of people, walking round in a ring."
Associated with hell in Dante.
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Subject: OT - boustrophedon
Sent: Sat, Feb 2, 2013 12:40:23 PM
Word of the Day for Saturday, February 2, 2013
boustrophedon \boo-struh-FEED-n\, noun:
an ancient method of writing in which the lines run alternately from right to left and from left to right.
This, they call the boustrophedon form because it mimics the back-and-forth pacing of an ox tied to a tether.
-- Chuck Palahniuk, Lullaby
What an image -- the back-and-forth pacing of an ox tied to a tether!
Endless iteration. Central to Buddhist (also Eliot's) perception of life.