Friday, January 26, 2018

Douglas Coupland on Marshall McLuhan, 20 January 2018


Author Douglas Coupland explores the ideas, sound and vision of Marshall McLuhan.

Listen to Douglas Coupland’s exploration of McLuhan at BBC.

“Drawing on cutting-edge thinking about networks and cybernetics, McLuhan foresaw a fully wired, connected world, which would bring to an end the isolated consumption of print. New cross-border (effectively online) communities would form, breaking old political barriers, creating genuinely new kinds of electronic identity. But with this McLuhan offered a warning: older ideas of privacy and the self would evaporate under new media he said, leading to the rise of what he called ‘discarnate’ man – the lost, disembodied user extended across an unrelenting, unforgiving electronic global nervous system.”

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