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Understanding Me: Lectures and Interviews (MIT Press) Paperback – February 11, 2005
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Stephanie McLuhan is an award-winning television documentary producer. She lives in Toronto.
David Staines is Professor of English at the University of Ottawa.
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However, the selections in this volume are maddeningly repetitive. Entire chunks and lines of thought are repeated across the selections, which grows tiresome very quickly, nor did it do much to offer insight to his thinking. This rampant redundancy could be the fault of the editors' choice of selections, or it may just be the case that McLuhan didn't drastically vary his lectures in that 20 year span. In any case, it's a rather inessential volume whether you're a die hard McLuhanite or someone just dipping their toes into his ideas. For the latter camp, a much better introduction to his work can be found in Essential McLuhan (1996, eds. Eric McLuhan and Frank Zingrone). The Essential McLuhan
It is a much easier read than most of McLuhan's work, as it is a collection of interviews and speeches which are necessarily more concise, and were for me much more involving.
It gives an insight into McLuhan's theories which can be quite puzzling and abstruse at first. In his speeches and essays, he repeats his same themes in a variety of manners, which help to give the reader a better understanding of the theories.
It's no McLuhan for Idiots (I'm not sure if there is such a thing, based on the nature of his works), but it is definitely a very useful and enjoyable companion book.