Finish reading pages 1-45 and 62-68 of Marshall McLuhan’s Understanding Media. This was originally published in 1964. What has changed and what has remained similar about media since it was published over half a century ago? How do the newer mediums through which we consume film, video, and text change or extend the insights of this book? Write up a short essay (500-600 words) comparing or contrasting McLuhan’s arguments about media with something that we have watched in class and share it by posting a comment below (your comment will not be visible until I approve it–if you don’t want it to be public, just include a note to that effect at the top or bottom of your essay).
NOTE: Please leave an extra line of space (hit enter twice) between each of your paragraphs before you copy and paste your text into a comment to post it here. The comment system strips out indents, so if you don’t leave extra space all of your paragraphs will run together in one big block. Also, you don’t need to use your real name for this assignment–choose any handle you like. I will identify you by the IIT email address you enter (which will only be visible to me, not publicly).
This assignment is due October 19 by 11:00pm. Given the pandemic and continued uncertainties we’re all dealing I realize you may have unexpected setbacks. If you have trouble turning it in by this deadline, send me an email.