invisible environments disappear into 'full visibility'

One of the most striking differences between McLuhan's diagnosis of the 1970s and his earlier reports is that he registers the end of hidden environments. Having reached something of a threshold, McLuhan apprehended that something of a "flip" or reversal had occurred, pushing all former hidden environments into full visibility:

The patterns of formerly hidden processes now begin to obtrude on every hand. Prescience, prophetic vision, and artistic awareness are no longer needed to establish an understanding of the most secret causes of personal and social processes. Mere electric speed-up makes X-ray awareness natural.