Marshall McLuhan the famous media theorist and scholar, very much revered by our current cultural icons such as Mark Zuckerberg, forecasted many years ago the social media revolution as well as the impact media would have in the fabric and dynamics of society. These thesis were synthesized in two terms “The Global Village” and “The Medium is the message“.
In this CBC interview McLuhan shares his revolutionary ideas in the 60s, they still are relevant and clearly shows McLuhan’s almost prescient views of the future.
Herbert Marshall McLuhan, CC (July 21, 1911 – December 31, 1980) was a Canadian educator,philosopher, and scholar—a professor of English literature, a literary critic, a rhetorician, and a communication theorist. McLuhan’s work is viewed as one of the cornerstones of the study of media theory, as well as having practical applications in the advertising and television industries.
McLuhan is known for coining the expressions “the medium is the message” and “the global village” and predicted the World Wide Web almost thirty years before it was invented. Although he was a fixture in media discourse in the late 1960s, his influence started to wane in the early seventies. In the years after his death, he would continue to be a controversial figure in academic circles. With the arrival of the internet, however, there was renewed interest in his work and perspective.
Watch Marshall McLuhan’s interview video, The Medium is the Message