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Understanding Me: Lectures and Interviews [Hardcover]

Marshall Mcluhan , Tom Wolfe , Stephanie McLuhan , David Staines
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Sept. 30 2003
Unbuttoned McLuhan! An intimate exploration of Marshall McLuhan’s ideas in his own words

In the last twenty years of his life, Marshall McLuhan published – often in collaboration with others – a series of books that established his reputation as the pre-eminent seer of the modern age. It was McLuhan who made the distinction between “hot” and “cool” media. It was he who observed that “the medium is the message” and who tossed off dozens of other equally memorable phrases from “the global village” and “pattern recognition” to “feedback” and “iconic” imagery.

McLuhan was far more than a pithy-phrase maker, however. He foresaw – at a time when the personal computer was a teckie fantasy – that the world would be brought together by the internet. He foresaw the transformations that would be wrought by digital technology. He understood, before any of his contemporaries, the consequences of the revolution that television and the computer were bringing about. In many ways, we’re still catching up to him.

In Understanding Me, Stephanie McLuhan and David Staines have brought together eighteen previously unpublished lectures and interviews by or involving Marshall McLuhan. They have in common the informality and accessibility of the spoken word. In every case, the text is the transcript taken down from the film, audio, or video tape of the actual encounters – this is not what McLuhan wrote but what he said. The result is a revelation: the seer who often is thought of as aloof and obscure is shown to be funny, spontaneous, and easily understood.

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"...[A] fast-moving and articulate public intellectual..." Michael R. Mosher Leonardo



"McLuhan comes across as outrageous, funny, perplexing, stimulating and provocative. How we need him now!" Umbrella

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Stephanie McLuhan is an independent television producer based in Toronto.

David Staines is Dean of Arts at University of Ottawa, an English professor specializing in Canadian literature, and general editor of McClelland & Stewart’s New Canadian Library.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Understanding McLuhan Aug. 16 2013
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This is a priceless collection because of the insights it gives to McLuhan's thinking. There are transcripts of his interviews and lectures. McLuhan is best when he is in the oral mode as opposed to the written mode. I know as I worked with him for seven years. Robert K. Logan, author of McLuhan Misunderstood: Setting the Record Straight and Understanding New Media: Extending Marshall Mcluhan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spoken words to help the written June 20 2005
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For anyone remotely interested in McLuhan, I recommend this book for the following reasons.
It is a much easier read than most of McLuhan's work, as it is a collection of interviews and speeches which are necessarily more concise, and were for me much more involving.
It gives an insight into McLuhan's theories which can be quite puzzling and abstruse at first. In his speeches and essays, he repeats his same themes in a variety of manners, which help to give the reader a better understanding of the theories.
It's no McLuhan for Idiots (I'm not sure if there is such a thing, based on the nature of his works), but it is definitely a very useful and enjoyable companion book.
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