The Medium Is the Massage (Revised)
Marshall McLuhan (Author) Quentin Fiore (Other)
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Description30 years after its publication Marshall McLuhan's The Medium is the Massage remains his most entertaining, provocative and piquant book. With every technological and social advancement, McLuhan's proclamation that "the media work us over completely" becomes more evident and plain. In his words, so pervasive are they in their personal, political, economic, aesthetic, psychological, moral, ethical and social consequences that they leave no part of us untouched, unaffected, or unaltered. McLuhan suggests modern audiences enjoy MainStream media as soothing, enjoyable, and relaxing; however, the pleasure we find in the MainStream media is deceiving, because/as/since the changes between society and technology are incongruent, perpetuating an Age of Anxiety. McLuhan's remarkable observation that "societies have always been shaped more by the nature of the media by which men communicate than by the content of the communication" is undoubtedly more relevant today than ever before. With the rise of the internet and the explosion of the digital revolution there has never been a better time to revisit Marshall McLuhan.
August 01, 2001
4.2 X 0.6 X 7.0 inches | 0.46 pounds
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About the Author
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.
These laws of media, which McLuhan calls "the tetrad," can help one to understand and, perhaps, respond constructively to the new medium.... Some of the implications seem prophetic.--Euchner, Jim "Research-Technology Management (Journal) "