art is everything you get away with

Today is the hundredth anniversary of Marshall McLuhan, born July 21, 1911 in Edmonton, Alberta. A very interesting character and visionary, indeed, who coined several phrases in the sixties which are so familiar now. Sentences such as “The new electronic interdependence recreates the world in the image of a global village“, “art is everything you get away with” and “the medium is the message” – he is the guy who came up with it. With the rise of the internet and information society, his works, analysis and (stunningly accurate) predictions are increasingly gaining recognition. For example, he anticipated the conversion of TV and other forms of (electronic) communication. A classic case of a genius far ahead of his time, a heavily under-appreciated prophet in his own country?

Now Douglas Coupland (author of “GenerationX”, “Microserfs”) – who describes himself as a soulmate of McLuhan – has brought out this biography “Marshall McLuhan: You Know Nothing of My Work!” (see here for a review).

Something to go onto my wishlist …

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  1. #1 by cistronic on 2011/07/21 - 17:45

further hints, constructive criticism, questions, praise

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