Herbert M. McLuhan, Creator of The Global Village

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51TDDHSZD9LOn the 21st of July 1911, Herbert Marshall McLuhan was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He is considered one of the foremost theorists on the subject of mass media, including television and computer technology.  He coined the expressions ‘the medium in the message’ and ‘the global village’, and predicted the World Wide Web almost thirty years before it was invented. McLuhan attended the University of Monitoba and taught at St. Louis University in the United States, while completing a doctoral dissertation at Cambridge University. Following WWII, he joined the University of Toronto in 1946. His final position was as director for the Center for Culture and Technology, a position he held until just prior to his death in 1980.

In his early days at Toronto, McLuhan became friends with and was greatly influenced by Harold Adam Innis, who had studied communication. With McLuhan, Innis furthered the importance of communication technology…

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