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Understanding Media by Marshall McLuhan
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Aug 11, 11

The Joycean prose blew my mind. Prettiest philosophy I've read since Nietzsche. Not to mention the ideas, thought written decades ago, still take on a anthropological detachment and reveal things about the world of modern media that you and I are too steeped in to notice. McLuhan redefines 'media,' by the way. Did you know that lightbulbs are media? The most interesting bits are media as self-extension (social media narcissism, anyone?), the level of involvement in different types of media (hot and cold media), and his erudite knowledge of history and art that are synthesized in an odd but highly effective form of argumentation.

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