Tactile

As McLuhan pointed out in Understanding Media, touch has less to do with objects pressing against the skin, as it is a complex interplay between the senses that involves the translating of one sense for another. This is wonderfully illustrated by the following story:

Brice Mellen is a whiz at video games such as "Mortal Kombat." In that regard, the 17-year-old isn't much different from so many others his age. Except for one thing: He's blind.

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Blind since birth when his optic nerve didn't connect because of Leber's disease, Mellen honed his video game skills over the years through patient and not-so-patient playing, memorizing key joystick operations and moves in certain games, asking lots of questions and paying particular attention to audio cues. He worked his way up from games such as "Space Invaders" and "Asteroid," onto the modern combat games.

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"I'll challenge them, maybe. If I feel like a challenge," he said, displaying an infectious confidence. "I freak people out by playing facing backwards."

(thanks to Amateur from Now THAT'S Amateur)

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