Marshall McLuhan: The Medium and the Messenger : a Biography

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MIT Press, 1998 - Science - 322 pages
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A new look at the man who gave us ideas "the medium is the message" and "global village".

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. Read full review

Marshall McLuhan: the medium and the messenger

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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 ... Read full review


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About the author (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.

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