The Gutenberg Galaxy develops a mosaic or field approach to its problems. Such a mosaic image of numerous data and quotations in evidence offers the only. the making of typographic man. "The famed thinker's stunning analysis of the rise and fall of the tyranny of the printed word." Originally published: Totonto: University of Toronto Press, Published as PDF in connection with the exhibition project The Gutenberg Galaxy at Blaker. (–), curated by Ellef Prestsæter. Exhibition design by .

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The Gutenberg Galaxy: The Making of Typographic Man is a book by Marshall McLuhan, .. Create a book · Download as PDF · Printable version. McLuhan () The Gutenberg Galaxy: the making of typographic man, ▻ "Printing created the public What we have called 'nations' did not . PDF | Publishing is changing rapidly, though these changes are concealed from academics, who are presented the appearances of the old world of print.

And I suspect most people myself included believe they know what it means. Before I read the book, I assumed that the phrase was descriptive: We can have conversations with people on the other side of the world and, if we prefer to wait a few hours, we can board airplanes and hold those conversations face-to-face. National boundaries grow increasingly porous. Protectionist trade policies have been dismantled so goods and labour move around the globe unimpeded. The global village is simply the description of an observant man who was trying to understand our changed and changing modes of social and political organization. McLuhan means something more by the phrase. As the title suggests, McLuhan is concerned with a precise moment in Western history—the invention of the printing press. At that moment, Western culture was launched on a journey of transformation from an audile-tactile culture to a predominantly visual culture.

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Edition Notes "The famed thinker's stunning analysis of the rise and fall of the tyranny of the printed word. Originally published: University of Toronto Press, Classifications Library of Congress Z The Physical Object Pagination p.

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January 15, Edited by JeffKaplan. January 10, Edited by Clean Up Bot. Medieval illumination, gloss, and sculpture alike were aspects of the art of memory, central to scribal culture.

Gutenberg galaxy[ edit ] Finnegans Wake: Joyce's Finnegans Wake like Shakespeare's King Lear is one of the texts which McLuhan frequently uses throughout the book in order to weave together the various strands of his argument. Throughout Finnegans Wake Joyce specifies the Tower of Babel as the tower of Sleep, that is, the tower of the witless assumption, or what Bacon calls the reign of the Idols.

According to McLuhan, the invention of movable type greatly accelerated, intensified, and ultimately enabled cultural and cognitive changes that had already been taking place since the invention and implementation of the alphabet, by which McLuhan means phonemic orthography.

Quoting with approval an observation on the nature of the printed word from Prints and Visual Communication by William Ivins , McLuhan remarks: In this passage [Ivins] not only notes the ingraining of lineal, sequential habits, but, even more important, points out the visual homogenizing of experience of print culture, and the relegation of auditory and other sensuous complexity to the background.

Print exists by virtue of the static separation of functions and fosters a mentality that gradually resists any but a separative and compartmentalizing or specialist outlook. According to McLuhan, the advent of print technology contributed to and made possible most of the salient trends in the Modern period in the Western world : individualism , democracy , Protestantism , capitalism and nationalism.

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For McLuhan, these trends all reverberate with print technology's principle of "segmentation of actions and functions and principle of visual quantification. In this new age, humankind will move from individualism and fragmentation to a collective identity, with a "tribal base. And as our senses have gone outside us, Big Brother goes inside.

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So, unless aware of this dynamic, we shall at once move into a phase of panic terrors, exactly befitting a small world of tribal drums, total interdependence, and superimposed co-existence.

Print raises the visual features of alphabet to highest intensity of definition. Thus print carries the individuating power of the phonetic alphabet much further than manuscript culture could ever do.

Print is the technology of individualism. If men decided to modify this visual technology by an electric technology, individualism would also be modified.

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To raise a moral complaint about this is like cussing a buzz-saw for lopping off fingers. It is a problem, but not a moral problem; and it would be nice to clear away some of the moral fogs that surround our technologies. It would be good for morality. For instance, McLuhan contrasts the considerable alarm and revulsion that the growing quantity of books aroused in the latter seventeenth century with the modern concern for the "end of the book.

Ong wrote a highly favorable review of this new book in America.

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