Marshall McLuhan: The Medium and the Messenger : a Biography

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MIT Press, 1998 - 322 páginas
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A biography of the man who saw the digital revolution coming decades before anyone else.

with a new foreword by Neil Postman When communications thinker Marshall McLuhan gave us the phrases "the medium is the message" and "global village," he was ahead of his time. Now, in the age of the digital revolution McLuhan and his work cannot be ignored by any student of culture and technology. Interest in McLuhan has increased dramatically since this biography was first published in 1989 to stunning reviews. The author has extensively revised this new edition to include additional information provided by McLuhan's family and friends, and to present an even clearer and more absorbing personal picture of McLuhan. The book explains the relevance to today's society of a man who reached the height of his fame in the 1960s. The foreword by Neil Postman is original to this edition.* Not for sale in Canada

 

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A straightforward biography by one of McLuhan's former students. I knew nothing of McLuhan the person before reading this. A charitable view would be that he was charmingly eccentric. Leer reseña completa

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Almost 10 years after his death and 25 years after the publication of his Understanding Media ( LJ 6/1/64) , there is still much curiosity about McLuhan and his theories. These two books, different as ... Leer reseña completa

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Sobre el autor (1998)

Philip Marchand was the book columnist for the "Toronto Star" for eighteen years, before retiring to write books in 2008. He is the author of "Just Looking, Thank You", a collection of magazine journalism (Macmillan, 1976); "Marshall McLuhan: The Medium and the Messenger" (Random House of Canada, 1989); "Deadly Spirits", a crime novel (Stoddart, 1994); "Ripostes", a collection of literary criticism (Porcupine's Quill, 1998); and most recently "Ghost Empire: How the French Almost Conquered North America" (McClelland & Stewart, 2005). His revised edition of "Marshall McLuhan: The Medium and the Messenger" has been reissued by Random House of Canada and MIT Press in the United States.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, and educated at the State University of New York and Columbia University, Neil Postman is a communications theorist, educator, and writer who has been deeply involved with the issue of the impact of the media and advanced communications technology on American culture. In his many books, Postman has strongly opposed the idea that technology will "save" humanity. In fact, he has focused on the negative ways in which television and computers alter social behavior. In his book Technopoly, Postman argues that the uncontrolled growth of technology destroys humanity by creating a culture with no moral structure. Thus, technology can be a dangerous enemy as well as a good friend. Postman, who is married and has three children, currently is a professor of media ecology at New York University and editor of Et Cetera, the journal of general semantics. In addition to his books, he has contributed to various magazines and periodicals, including Atlantic and The Nation. He has also appeared on the television program Sunrise Semester. Postman is the holder of the Christian Lindback Award for Excellence in Teaching from New YorkUniversity.

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