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About Marshall McLuhan

I am resolutely opposed to all innovation, all change, but I am determined to understand what's happening.
- Marshall McLuhan

He was a man of idioms and idiosyncrasies, deeply intelligent and a soothsayer. He had prescient knowledge of the Internet. A Cambridge educated literary scholar, English professor and unconventional author, McLuhan's philosophies of "electric media" changed our understanding of the intersect between culture and technology forever. Modern day cornerstones like "the medium is the message" and "the global village" are fruits of his rampant theorizing. Loved or loathed, his ideas and "probes" penetrated the fabric of our evolving digital lives.

Learn more about McLuhan from the audio and video clips below and by visiting the CBC Digital Archives.


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CBC Digital Archives
Learn more about Marshall McLuhan by exploring a wealth of audio and video materials in CBC's Digital Archives. Enjoy exclusive interviews recorded on CBC Radio and Television programs.

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The year 2011 marks the centenary of the birth of Marshall McLuhan. Learn more about the man who foresaw how technology would transform humanity. And find out what he means to our city by taking part in dozens of events, installations and conversations.

A list of McLuhan 'probes' on the McLuhan100 site
Quotes from Marshall McLuhan (or 'probes' as he called them).

Marshall McLuhan on CBC Radio's Spark
On this episode of Spark: Digital Impermanence, Pervasive Computing, and McLuhan Today

Spark's Walking Tour
Spark's Marshall McLuhan Walking Tour featuring downloadable audio guides to help you explore some of the places and people that influenced McLuhan enhanced by Brian Sutherland's augmented reality version of the tour. You'll need to download the smartphone application Layar (available for iPhone, Android, and some Nokia phones).

McLuhan at the International Festival of Authors
The International Festival of Authors (IFOA) brings together the best writers of contemporary world literature for 12 days of readings, interviews, lectures, round table discussions, and public book signings each October. Coming up: McLUHAN 100 Coupland McLuhan YouTube TALK: Douglas Coupland on Wednesday, October 26, 8:00pm, 2011