Marshall McLuhan Today

Thursday, July 21, 2011

On the centennial of Marshall McLuhan's birth, Paul Levinson, professor of communication & media studies at Fordham University and author of Digital McLuhan: A Guide to the Information Millenium, discusses McLuhan's work and legacy.


Paul Levinson

Comments [5]


to be fair,i think a big part, of, why people "saw" nixon as the winner, in the kennedy/nixon debate,[who heard it it on the radio, instead of t.v.],is, that, there were, significant numbers of people, who, were markedly predisposed to nixon, to begin with. this just goes to show, how much,we are creatures, swayed by image and body language .

Jul. 21 2011 08:14 PM

@Mike - yes, indeed, and there's a great, true story I often recount about what happened when Robert K. Merton attended one of McLuhan's lectures in Forsdale's class at Columbia in 1950s (I'm pretty I talk about it in my interview tonight between 8-9pm on WNYC)...

Jul. 21 2011 01:27 PM
Mike from Manhattan

While McLuhan never taught a course at Columbia, he did give a number lectures at Teachers College for a course/lecture series "Topics in communication" led by the late Louis Forsdale. Lou was, by the way, the first person to invite McLuhan to speak at a public forum in the US after McLuhan (a scholar of James Joyce) published an article in a Canadian journal called "Studies in Communication" in the mid 1950s.

Jul. 21 2011 12:04 PM

Marshall McLuhan and John Dewey are some of the hardest theorists to understand. Prof. Levinson seems to be doing a good job explaining his relevance.

Jul. 21 2011 12:03 PM
Lauren from Bed-Stuy

Invite Lisa Gitelman on to talk about media and McLuhan -- and HISTORY!

Jul. 21 2011 11:59 AM

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