Thursday, July 21, 2011

Canadian Giants of the Twentieth Century (2) Marshall McLuhan — Born 100 Years Ago Today

From: Marshall McLuhan Speaks

"[...] He distilled his genius, including phrases that became and remain part of the daily lexicon, such as 'the medium is the message,' into sometimes puzzling aphorisms, an early form of the sound byte. [...] In honour of the centenary of his birth, take this special Globe and Mail quiz, assembled by Dominique Scheffel-Dunand, co-chair of McLuhan100 and director of the McLuhan Program in Culture & Technology at the University of Toronto."
The Globe and Mail

"One of the most charismatic, controversial and original thinkers of our time whose remarkable perception propelled him onto the international stage, Marshall McLuhan is universally regarded as the father of communications and media studies and prophet of the information age."

"Herbert Marshall McLuhan was a visionary educator of mass media. 'The medium is the message,' perhaps his most often quoted phrase, was one of his many advanced perceptions. In media, he studied both their overriding effects on society and their character as extensions of the senses of the individual."
Digital Lantern

"As boys at bedtime in the dark, Marshall McLuhan and his brother Maurice huddled listening to the crystal radio set Marshall had built. Even as a child living in Edmonton, Marshall was always interested in the latest technology, recalls Maurice about his brother."
CBC Digital Archives

Get books by Marshall McLuhan here..

Scene from Woody Allen's Annie Hall:

See: "Canadian Giants of the Twentieth Century (1)" here...

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