Academic journal article et Cetera

The Legacy of McLuhan

Academic journal article et Cetera

The Legacy of McLuhan

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Lance Strate and Edward Wachtel (Eds.). The Legacy of McLuhan. Creskill, NJ: Hampton Press, 2005.

Marshall McLuhan, one of the most influential intellectuals of the twentieth century, put the study of media on the academic map and made media a subject of popular discourse. This book of original essays, by 29 leading experts from a wide variety of academic disciplines, explores, assesses, critiques, and extends McLuhan's rich and controversial legacy.

McLuhan had a penchant for coming up with compelling and memorable phrases through which he communicated many of his important insights. Among those expressions are his well-known central tenet "the medium is the message"; his metaphor for life in a world dominated by instantaneous communication, "the global village"; and his categories of "hot and cool." He referred to his ideas as probes and percepts (as opposed to concepts and precepts) and he talked about finding order in the chaotic maelstrom of postwar culture and society.

The Legacy of McLuhan is divided into six sections. …

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