Thanks McLuhan

July 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

Perhaps you recognized that yesterday was (actually would have been) the 100th birthday of [Herbert] Marshall McLuhan. The blogosphere was all a chatter over this mans coming of age, and rightfully so. If you don’t know this name, it’s time you take note. McLuhan, a communication theorist, professor, and published author, predicted the internet 30 years before its fruition! (Say What!?!?) Take that Al Gore.

McLuhan has shaped the ideas and direction of communication today. Although impossible to prove, he may be the reason you and I are blogging. And if you are a student of communication, you may well know that his work is the foundation of many college courses. Marshall McLuhan is famous for expressing ideas such as “the medium is the message” and “the global village.” He taught at the University of Toronto with colleagues such as Harold Innis and Northrop Frye. Sadly, I only know mention of him in textbooks, rather than his actual publications. But I am motivated by what he has brought to our culture and intend to read more of him.

Although there is an abundance of information available on this mans legacy, I am linking you to Wikipedia for some additional reading. And then to a personal statement from Noah Brier on McLahan’s impact on his career and education, it’s thoughtful and worth the read.

Also, a commemorative piece of art.


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