In a dazzling fusion of Quentin Fiore’s bold and inventive graphic design and Marshall McLuhan’s unique insight into technology, advertising and mass-media, The Medium is the Massage is a unique study of human communication in the twentieth century, published in Penguin Modern ClassicsMarshall McLuhan is the man who predicted the all-pervasive rise of modern mass media. Blending text, image and photography, his 1960 classic The Medium is the Massage illustrates how the growth of technology utterly reshapes society, personal lives and sensory perceptions, so that we are effectively transformed by the means we use to communicate. His theories, many of which are illustrated in this astonishing ‘inventory of effects’, force us to question how modes of communication have shaped society.
This concept, and his ideas such as rolling, up-to-the-minute news broadcasts and the media ‘Global Village’ have proved decades ahead of their time. How do we see the world around us?
With illusrations by Quentin Fiore.
Paperback (A format), 160pp, illus
Penguin Books, 2008 (1967)