Marshall McLuhan

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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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But what turned Marshall McLuhan from a University of Toronto English professor with an interesting theory into McLuhan, a name known worldwide, was the curious intervention of a San Francisco advertising man, Howard Gossage.
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1) See Gary Genosko, McLuhan and Baudrillard: The Masters of Implication (Lon don: Sage, 2001); Paul Grosswiler, Method is the Message: Re-thinking McLuhan 7hrough Critical Theory (Montreal and New York: Black Rose Books, 1998); Janine Marchessault, Marshall McLuhan (London: Sage, 2005); Judith Stamps, Unthinking Modernity: Innis, McLuhan, and the Frankfurt School (Montreal: McGill-Queens Press, 1995); Nick Stevenson, Understanding Media Cultures (London: Sage, 1995); Glenn Willmott, McLuhan, or Modernism in Reverse (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1996).
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