'Feted and reviled in his own lifetime, Marshall McLuhan has made a dramatic comeback in recent years. Marchessault gives a balanced and carefully considered appraisal of McLuhan’s contribution to cultural theory, which may be even more pertinent now, in the early twenty-first century, than when he originally formulated it in the 1950s and ‘60s' Jim McGuigan, Professor of Cultural Analysis, Loughborough University Why is McLuhan important? What use can we make of his approach to the media today? In this insightful critical introduction, McLuhan's contribution is carefully explained and his reputation reassessed. The book: · Explains McLuhan's key ideas · Engages with critical issues in media and contemporary art · Demonstrates the relevance of his work for students of media and communications · Addresses his methodological contribution · Revises our understanding of his place in the history of ideas. Illustrated with many examples from the network society, the book works as a guide to anyone who wants to know why McLuhan is important.

Murder by Television

Murder by television

Rebel without a Cause (1955) dramatizes the sudden visibility of middle-class teenagers and a concomitant concern over the media in 1950s’ North America. The story-line synopsis by director Nicholas Ray was inspired by an actual case study from Robert Lindner's 1944 book of the same title. It was about a delinquent teenage psychopath in the post-war years. Ray's film is set in the suburbs of LA and features that icon of cool, James Dean. One pivotal scene that is particular to Ray's film features Jim's (Dean) ineffectual father asleep in front of a blank, flickering television. The image comes to stand for the moral vacuum and inevitable dissolution of the nuclear family. A modern sensibility crystallized in the escapism and ...

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