By Marshall McLuhan
The Gutenberg Galaxy catapulted Marshall McLuhan to repute as a media theorist and, in time, a new media prognosticator. Fifty years after its preliminary booklet, this landmark textual content is extra major than ever sooner than.
Readers might be surprised through McLuhan’s prescience, unrivaled by means of someone seeing that, predicting as he did the dramatic technological recommendations that experience essentially replaced how we speak. The Gutenberg Galaxy foresaw the networked, compressed ‘global village’ that will emerge within the late-twentieth and twenty-first centuries — regardless of having been written while black-and-white tv was once ubiquitous.
This re-creation of The Gutenberg Galaxy celebrates either the centennial of McLuhan’s start and the fifty-year anniversary of the book’s booklet. a brand new inside layout updates The Gutenberg Galaxy for twenty-first-century readers, whereas honouring the leading edge, avant-garde spirit of the unique. This variation additionally contains new introductory essays that remove darkness from McLuhan’s lasting impression on numerous scholarly fields and pop culture.
A must-read when you inhabit today’s international village, The Gutenberg Galaxy is an imperative street map for our evolving communique landscape.
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