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To the Best of Our Knowledge: Marshall McLuhan at 100 | [Jim Fleming]

To the Best of Our Knowledge: Marshall McLuhan at 100

“The medium is the message.” “We shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape us.” “We look at the present through a rear-view mirror. We march backwards into the future.” Those are just a few of Marshall McLuhan’s famous quotes. McLuhan is one of the most influential media thinkers of all time, yet he’s also one of the most misunderstood. In this hour, we’ll explore Marshall McLuhan’s big ideas as we salute the centenary of his birth.
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Publisher's Summary

In this hour, Paul Levinson is the author of Digital McLuhan: A Guide to the Information Millennium. He talks to Jim Fleming about his friendship with McLuhan and the man's work.

Next, Robert Logan is the author of Understanding New Media: Extending Marshall McLuhan. He talks to Anne Strainchamps about their friendship and the great man's work.

Then, Canadian author and artist Douglas Coupland talks to Steve Paulson about his unconventional McLuhan biography, Marshall McLuhan: You Know Nothing of My Work!

Finally, Carrie Rickey is the film critic for The Philadelphia Inquirer. She talks to Steve Paulson about how Marshall McLuhan's ideas influenced David Cronenberg's 1983 sci-fi/horror film, as chronicled in her essay, Videodrome; Make Mine Cronenberg. The essay accompanies the Criterion Collection's DVD release of Videodrome. [Broadcast Date: July 27, 2011]

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