Marshall McLuhan by Douglas Coupland
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A crackling look at the philosopher whose founding ideas were at once obscure and eerily prophetic.

Marshall McLuhan, the celebrated social theorist who defined the culture of the 1960s, is remembered now primarily for the aphoristic slogan he coined to explain the emerging new world of global communication: “The medium is the message.” Half a century later, McLuhan’s predictions about the end of print culture and the rise of “electronic inter-dependence” have become a reality—in a sense, the reality—of our time.

Douglas Coupland, whose iconic novel Generation X was a “McLuhanesque” account of our culture in fictional form, has written a compact biography of the cultural critic that interprets the life and work of his subject from inside. A fellow Canadian, a master of creative sociology, a writer who supplied a defining term, Coupland is the ideal chronicler of the uncanny prophet whose vision of the global village—now known as the Internet—has come to pass in the 21st century.
 

About Douglas Coupland

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Douglas Coupland has published twelve novels since his first novel, Generation X, was published in 1991. He is also a visual artist, with exhibitions in North America, Europe, and Asia. He lives in Vancouver.
 
Published November 30, 2010 by Atlas. 224 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Events in Europe, Washington and three Canadian cities last week honored the centennial of Marshall McLuhan, who introduced ideas like “the medium is the message” and “the global village” into everyday use.

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Douglas Coupland takes a pop-culture approach in this short biography of the media savant.

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The Wall Street Journal

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The book overflows with idiosyncratic digressions: McLuhan's many seizures lead Mr. Coupland to imagine a future form of life- writing "in which the biographer mixes historical circumstances with forensic medical diagnosis."

Dec 04 2010 | Read Full Review of Marshall McLuhan: You Know No...

AV Club

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The author of Generation X and JPod aims his sights at the famed communication theorist, with patchy results.

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By jonMon, 12/06/2010 - 10:36.

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The Paris Review

[...] Paris Review interviews Douglas Coupland about his new, unorthodox, biography of Marshall McLuhan: “I think that’s what people really respond to in Marshall: the almost vibrating sense of [...].

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