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"All media work us over completely".

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Marshall McLuhan received a Ph D from Cambridge University in 1942. He published the Mechanical Bride (1951), The Gutemberg Galaxy (1962), and Uderstanding Media (1964). His illustrated classics, The Medium is the Massage (1967) and War and Peace in the Global Village (1968), both with Quentin Fiore and Jerome Agel, reflect McLuhan's passion for knowledge, originality, provocation, and insight. Quentin Fiore is one of America's most distinguished graphic designers. His office is in New Jersey. Jermoe Agel has written and produced more than fifty major books, including collaborations with Carl Sagan, Stanley Kubrick, Buckminster Fuller, and Issac Asimov.


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  • Broché: 160 pages
  • Editeur : Gingko Press; Édition : New edition (1 octobre 2005)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 1584230703
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584230700
  • Dimensions du produit: 17,9 x 10,8 x 1,2 cm
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Par gb68 TOP 500 COMMENTATEURS le 22 mai 2014
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Classique précurseur sur la communication et les mass media, publié en 1967, ce livre demeure sur la forme une expérience stimulante et iconoclaste en faisant communiquer texte et image, en proposant des associations. Sur le fond, le livre est basé sur le constat d'un passage d'une 'ère du livre' à une 'ère du circuit électrique' (télévision, et internet aujourd'hui), et nous invite à réfléchir sur ses conséquences.

Près de cinquante ans après, le lecteur est toujours interpellé par les illustrations sur : l'éducation et l'environnement d'apprentissage de l'enfant, l'uniformisation et l'immédiateté participative de l'information en continu, l'absence de recul espace-temps et la difficulté d'obtenir une multiplicité de points de vue et une réflexion distanciée, le respect des droits d'auteur...

NB : écrit en anglais courant, facile à lire
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Par Delphine le 21 octobre 2012
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Qui a dit qu un livre contenant des images était réservé aux enfants ? Mordant, énigmatique, le chef d œuvre de Marshall Mclhuan nous appelle a de questionner sur l univers médiatique environnant. Une belle source de réflexion. Bravo !
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Wisdom from the Prophet of the Internet 20 juin 2006
Par Mark B. Cohen - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980) never conceived of the Internet. But the great communications theorist understood where communications was going, and the revolutionary effects of its direction.

This book takes his sometimes impenetrable prose and places it in a context of compelling photographs, advertisements, and cartoons in order to dramatically illustrate the meaning of his words, and the radical effect that changes in communications technology have on the lives of all the world's citizens. "It is impossible to understand social and cultural changes without a knowledge of the workings of the media," he writes.

The Medium is the Massage begins and ends with quotes from Albert North Whitehead. The first is that "The major advances in civilization are processes that all but wreck the societies in which they occur." The last is that "It is the business of the future to be dangerous."

There always are jeremiads against the new by those who are accustomed to the old. McLuhan quotes Socrates: "The discovery of the alphabet will create forgetfulness in the learners' souls, because they will not use their memories; they will trust to the external written characters and not remember of themselves...You give your disciples not truth but only the semblance of truth; they will be heroes of many things, and will have learned nothing; they will appear to be omniscient and will generally know nothing."

The effects of the media on individuals are profound. "All media work us over completely. They are so pervasive in their personal, political, economic, aesthetic, pyschological, moral, ethical, and social consequences that they leave no part of us untouched, unaffected, unaltered. The medium is the massage. Any understanding of social and cultural change is impossible without a knowledge of the way media work as environments. All media are extensions of some human faculty--psychic or physical."

Media affect you, the individual citizen. "Electrical information devices for universal, tyrannical womb-to-tomb surveillance are causing a very serious dilemma between our claim to privacy and the community's need to know. The older, traditional ideas of private, isolated thoughts and actions--the patterns of mechanistic technologies--are very seriously threatened by new methods of instantaneous electric information retrieval, by the electrically computerized dossier bank--that one big gossip column that is unforgiving, unforgetful and from which there is no redemption, no erasure of early 'mistakes.' We have already reached a point where remedial control, born of knowledge of media and their total effects on all of us, must be exerted...."

Media affect your family. "The family circle has widened. The whirlpool of information fathered by the electic media--movies, Telstar, flight--far surpasses any possible influence mom and dad now bring to bear. Character no longer is shaped by only two earnest, fumbling experts. Now all the world's a sage."

Media affect your neighborhood. "Electric circuitry has overthrown the regime of 'time' and 'space' and pours upon us instantly and continuously the concerns of all other men. It has reconstitued dialogue on a global scale. Its message is Total Change, ending psychic, social, economic, and political parochialism. The old civic, state, and national groupings have become unworkable. Nothing can be further from the spirit of the the new technology than 'a place for everything and everything in its place.' You can't GO home again."

Media affect your education. "Today's television child is attuned to up-to-the-minute 'adult' news--inflation, rioting, war, taxes, crime, bathing beauties--and is bewildered when he enters the nineteenth century environment that still characterizes the educational establishment where information is scarce but ordered and structured by fragmented, classified patterns, subjects, and schedules. It is naturally an environment much like any factory set-up with its inventories and assembly lines."

Media affect your job. "From the fifteenth century to the twentieth century, there is a steady progress of fragmentation of the stages of work that constitute 'mechanization' and 'specialism.' These procedures cannot serve for survival or sanity in this new time. Under conditions of electric cicuitry, all the fragmented job patterns tend to blend once more into involving and demanding roles or forms of work that more and more resemble teaching, learning, and 'human' service, in the older sense of dedicated loyalty."

Media affect your government. "Nose-counting, a cherished part of the eighteenth century fragmentation process, has rapidly become a cumbersome and ineffectual form of social assessment in an envrionment of instant electric speeds. The public, in the sense of a great consensus of separate and distinct viewpoints, is finished. Today, the mass audience (the successor to the 'public') can be used as a creative, participating force. It is instead merely given packages of passive entertainment. Politics offers yesterday's answers to today's questions. A new form of 'politics' is emerging, and in ways we haven't yet noticed. The living room has become a voting booth. Participation via television in Freedom Marches, in war, revolution, pollution, and other events is changing EVERYTHING."

Media affect our relationships with groups of other citizens. "The shock of recognition. In an electric information environment, minority groups can no longer be contained, ignored. Too many people know too much about each other. Our new environment compels commitment and participation. We have become irrevocably involved with, and responsible for, each other. There is absolutely no inevitability as long as there is a willingness to contemplate what is happening."

This book is, in short, a superb introduction to McLuhan's thinking. Ideally, it would be read before any of McLuhan's other books. Understanding McLuhan takes some time and thought, but the effort is well worth it to understand today's media and today's world.

"Only the hand that erases can write the true thing," McLuhan quotes Meister Eckhardt as saying. McLuhan erases preconceptions of media being relatively insignificant, and demonstrates how the media affect the way each of us sees the world in which we live.

A memorable photo in the book is one of a middle-aged man dressed in a business suit and carrying a briefcase standing upon a surfboard, riding the waves. "In his amusement born of rational detachment of his own situation, Poe's mariner in 'The Descent Into the Maelstrom' staved off disaster by understanding the action of the whirlpool," says McLuhan's accompanying prose. "His insight offers a possible strategem for understanding our predicament, our electrically-configured whirl."

The last cartoon in the book--from the New Yorker in 1966--summarizes McLuhan's essential theme. A young man with a guitar discusses McLuhan with his father in a well-appointed library. "You see, Dad, Professor McLuhan says the enviroment that man creates becomes his medium for defining his role in it. The invention of type created linear, or sequential, thought, separating thought from action. Now, with TV and folk singing, thought and action are closer and social involvement is greater. We again live in a village. Get it?"

We all should get McLuhan. The development of Internet--likely even more transformative than television--has greatly revived interest in McLuhan's view of technological changes as changing us as people, and of creating a global village for all of us to live in. "We impose the form of the old on the content of the new. The malady lingers on," McLuhan warns. We should heed his warnings and recognize, embrace, and work for constructive improvements in the ever-changing world in which we live.
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I Get Goosebumps... 9 septembre 2000
Par Mark Valentine - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
I get goosebumps just thinking about reviewing this book wherein McLuhan coins the term "the global village." On the internet, 33 years after this book was published, McLuhan had the insight and perspicacity to see just how electronics will be changing us. He's more of an electronical anthropologist here.
The flash of the book has worn off some by now and the graphics, the photos and creative layout of the pages seems to be more of a period piece. Still, because this brief book portrays so many key concepts that currently fill us now. We do not notice the power of the media until we are someplace that does not have it. Like a fish out of the water, we take for granted the influence of the technology around us; we assume that they have been with us forever and we never slow down to challenge these concepts. So, thank God for McLuhan's book.
I've recommended this book to my students and it's fun to see how they read it (because it's so short) and open up to some of the concepts about the media's power. It's as if they had known it all along, but needed McLuhan's book to come along and draw it out of them.
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The Best Place to Start 15 mars 2005
Par CyberChimp - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
First published in 1967, the pithy aphorisms and ideas of 'The Medium is the Massage' have been drawn from McLuhan's many other books and articles. Superbly designed by Quentin Fiore, the typography, layout and accompanying images wittily illustrate the content, making this McLuhan's most accessible text: it is by far the best place to start if you are interested in investigating McLuhan's weird, wonderful approach to the impact and importance of the media and technology. A year after its publication an audio version was released which combines selections from the text, read by McLuhan, Fiore and Jerome Agel, with an eclectic mix of musical samples and accompaniment. (This album is today available on CD.)
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A profitable book! 18 août 1999
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
I have won innumerable wagers, thanks to McLuhan. Every social function has at least one know-it-all, and as soon as I encounter him/her I manage to work in McLuhan and The Medium Is The Massage. "Message", I am corrected. "No, 'Massage'" I retort. A wager ensues, and I get my copy from the trunk of my car and pocket the winnings. And I get the pleasure of humiliating a stuffed shirt in front of lots of people.
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-The- seminal work about life as we know it 20 octobre 1996
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Marshall McLuhan is one of the most important thinkers of
our century. Understanding his ideas and his perspective
is -essential- for understanding what has happened to
mankind in the last twenty thousand years, especially
in this century, as our technology modifies us at an
accelerated pace. That's what this book, _The Medium is
the Massage_, is all about. I always recommend this book
to anyone involved with technology, communications, or the
future. Although he originally wrote his ideas in standard
prose (he was an English professor), hardly anyone read his
books -- let's face it, most of us won't wade through
non-sensational nonfiction. So he produced this book to
exploit the printed page in its hottest form, making his
ideas as tasty and easy to swallow as a hot fudge sundae.
This book is thus a living example of his thesis! Though
the number of ideas per page is much smaller than in his
standard works (much much smaller), it packs a powerful
punch by delivering the key ideas connected to descriptive
graphics (one picture is worth...).

This book is to anyone involved in technology and the future
what the Bible is to Christians or the Koran is to Moslems.
Don't just get this book and read it -- consume it. The
future of our civilization may depend on it.
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