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Yusong Men Iman Kazerani Marshall Mc. Luhan Tony Wu Biography (Life and Career) Tamim Ahmed Amlesh Jayakumar
Childhood & Family l Marshall was a family name (coming from his grandmother's surname on his mother's side) l July 21, 1911 – December 31, 1980 l Mother - Elsie Naomi (born Hall) - performed in church halls l Father - Herbert Ernest Mc. Luhan l Both parents born in Canada l Brother, Maurice, born two years after his own birth l As a child ¡ Independent ¡ Stubborn ¡ Tendency to bully ¡ Not the best student, putting it lightly l Originally wasn't going to be let into grade seven, only achieving this through his mother's efforts.
Life & Education l After Herbert's discharge from the army in 1915, the Mc. Luhan family moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba where Marshall grew up and later went to the University of Manitoba in 1928. l Mc. Luhan earned a BA (1933) and won a University Gold Medal in Arts and Sciences and MA (1934) in English from the University of Manitoba. City of Winnipeg
l Marshall has a long desired to pursue graduate studies in England finally Mc. Luhan was accepted for enrolment at the University of Cambridge. He received his bachelor's degree from Cambridge in 1936. Studying under two Professors, he was greatly influence to New Criticism (Formalist). Later, he returned from England to take a job as a teaching assistant at the University of Wisconsin– Madison. University of Cambridge University of Wisconsin in USA
l Converted to Roman Catholicism in 1937. l Mc. Luhan was awarded Ph. D. in December 1943 l Mc. Luhan moved Toronto in 1946, and then he joined the faculty of St. Michael's College, a Catholic college of the University of Toronto. l On August 4, 1939, Mc. Luhan married teacher and aspiring actress Corinne Lewis of Fort Worth. l The Mc. Luhans returned to Saint Louis University in 1940 where he continued teaching and they started a family. l Mc. Luhan returned to Toronto where for the rest of his life, he worked at the University of Toronto and lived in Wychwood Park, a bucolic enclave on a hill overlooking the downtown. In 1970, Mc. Luhan was made a Companion of the Order of Canada.
Last days of his Life. . . l In September 1979 he suffered a stroke, which affected his ability to speak. l He never fully recovered from the stroke and died in his sleep on December 31, 1980.
Beliefs l Marshall Mc. Luhan believes in technological determinism, where technology shapes human society. l He is devout in Catholicism. ¡“Marshall Mc. Luhan Catholic Secondary School” in Toronto is named after him. l Mc. Luhan thinks that technology does not bent moral, but effects society and individual’s interpretations. l He believes that electronic media will replace visual mediums (papers). l He thinks that electronics brought the opportunity for human to move from individualism to a collective identity.
Key Concepts l Figure (medium) and Ground (content): ¡ Mc. Luhan thinks that people are influenced more by the medium of communication instead of the message that it contains. ¡ His master piece, medium is the massage is resulted from his belief of technology shapes people’s society and communications. ¡ Both of the medium and the content must be examined together since they do not mean anything without each other. ¡ By examining on both of the medium and content, people can have a more critical understanding of culture and society.
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