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(Herbert Marshall McLuhan), 1911–80, Canadian communications theorist and educator, b. Edmonton, Alta. He taught at the Univ. of Toronto (1946–80) and at other institutions of higher education in Canada and the United States. McLuhan gained popularity and fame in the 1960s with his prophetic proposal that electronic media, especially television, were creating a "global village" in which "the medium is the message," i.e., the means of communications has a greater influence on people than the information itself. While many of the mass media were in early stages of development, McLuhan considered their effects on people to be potentially toxic and dehumanizing. His books include The Mechanical Bride (1951), The Gutenberg Galaxy (1962), Understanding Media (1964), From Cliché to Archetype (1970, with W. Watson), and City as Classroom (1977, with K. Hutchon and E. McLuhan).


See biographies by W. T. Gordon (1997) and D. Coupland (2010).

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El primer articulo que escribe Marshal McLuhan, sobre el analisis de los fenomenos comunicativos a partir de leyes, es el titulado: Laws of the Media, realizado en febrero de 1977, como parte de un libro que McLuhan escribia y que no pudo publicar en su momento, debido a su muerte el 31 de diciembre de 1980 (5).
I think it was Marshal McLuhan, the Canadian philosopher, who first defined war as a form of compulsory education, or as he called it, ``the gory little red school house of the global village.
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In 1967, Marshal McLuhan, the media scholar and professor at the University of Toronto, declared, "The medium is the message.
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