HomeGroupsTalkZeitgeist
This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Marshall McLuhan by Douglas Coupland
Loading...
MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
1555108,943 (3.56)3

None.

None
Loading...

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 3 mentions

English (3)  French (1)  German (1)  All languages (5)
Showing 3 of 3
From the title, I expected that this book was mostly going to give us Coupland's take on the significance of McLuhan's work. There is a little of that, but only a little, and in a footnote on page 147 Coupland makes clear this is a "general biography with limited space" (it turns out the title is quoting the words scripted for McLuhan's cameo in Annie Hall by Woody Allen). It's interesting both in terms of the short insights Coupland does have space to include, and, if you're a Coupland fan like me, it's clear that some of the qualities that he praises in McLuhan are ones that he has sought to emulate in his own novels. Not bad, could have been better. ( )
  djalchemi | Nov 24, 2012 |
Interesting subject matter but too cold a medium for the message of a life. ( )
  triscuit | Sep 7, 2011 |
I 've got over 90% of all the other McLuhan books! This one is good and quirky! ( )
  moshido | Apr 12, 2011 |
Showing 3 of 3
In retelling McLuhan’s tale, Coupland makes the occasional misstep. He belabors some points, and his obligatory meta flourishes fall flat as often as they amuse. But those are minor irritations. This is an affectionate, wry portrait that provides a perfect introduction to one of the most influential and misunderstood thinkers of recent times.
 
Like the man it chronicles, Coupland’s book is full of unconventional angles, ricochets and resonances. Rather than offering a ­doorstop-size addition to the Great Man canon, it comes in at just over 200 pages that nonetheless sprawl and unfold to their own idiosyncratic rhythm.
 
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
People/Characters
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
Epigraph
Dedication
First words
Quotations
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Blurbers
Publisher series
Original language
Canonical DDC/MDS

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (1)

Book description
Haiku summary

No descriptions found.

Surveys the life and career of the social theorist best known for the quotation, "The medium is the message," who helped shape the culture of the 1960s and predicted the future of television and the rise of the Internet.

Quick Links

Popular covers

Rating

Average: (3.56)
0.5
1 1
1.5
2 2
2.5 2
3 8
3.5 3
4 12
4.5
5 5

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.

 

About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 127,980,168 books! | Top bar: Always visible