Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man by Marshall McLuhan, ISBN-13: 978-0262631594
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- Publisher: The MIT Press; Reprint edition (October 20, 1994)
- Language: English
- 389 pages
- ISBN-10: 0262631598
- ISBN-13: 978-0262631594
Terms and phrases such as “the global village” and “the medium is the message” are now part of the lexicon, and McLuhan’s theories continue to challenge our sensibilities and our assumptions about how and what we communicate.
This reissue of Understanding Media marks the thirtieth anniversary (1964-1994) of Marshall McLuhan’s classic expose on the state of the then emerging phenomenon of mass media. Terms and phrases such as “the global village” and “the medium is the message” are now part of the lexicon, and McLuhan’s theories continue to challenge our sensibilities and our assumptions about how and what we communicate.
There has been a notable resurgence of interest in McLuhan’s work in the last few years, fueled by the recent and continuing conjunctions between the cable companies and the regional phone companies, the appearance of magazines such as WiRed, and the development of new media models and information ecologies, many of which were spawned from MIT’s Media Lab. In effect, media now begs to be redefined. In a new introduction to this edition of Understanding Media, Harper’s editor Lewis Lapham reevaluates McLuhan’s work in the light of the technological as well as the political and social changes that have occurred in the last part of this century.
Understanding Media is a timeless analysis of how language, speech and technology shape human behavior in the era of mass communication.
Herbert Marshall McLuhan (1911–1980) was a Canadian philosopher, whose work is one of the cornerstones of the study of media theory. Born in Edmonton, Alberta, McLuhan studied at the University of Manitoba and the University of Cambridge. He began his teaching career as a professor of English at several universities in the US and Canada before moving to the University of Toronto in 1946, where he remained for the rest of his life.
McLuhan coined the expression “the medium is the message” and the term global village. He also predicted the World Wide Web almost 30 years before it was invented. He was a fixture in media discourse in the late 1960s. In the years after his death, he continued to be a controversial figure in academic circles. With the arrival of the Internet and the World Wide Web, interest was renewed in his work and perspective, both of which are frequently referenced today in both academia and pop culture.
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