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Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology

 

 

Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology & the Ancient World
Brown University
Box 1837 / 60 George Street
Providence, RI 02912
Telephone: (401) 863-3188
Fax: (401) 863-9423
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"Whereas the spectator of a picture magazine is passive, the reader of a news magazine becomes much more involved in the making of meanings in the corporate image. Thus the TV habit of involvement in the mosaic image has greatly strengthened the appeal of these news magazines...." - McLuhan 276

In Understanding Media McLuhan argues that media do not only transmit information, but also prompt a specific response from our physical senses. He defines a high definition medium as one which provides a lot of information and therefore requires little of the consumer. A low definition medium on the other hand provides little information and requires the consumer to fill in the missing pieces. High definition media is hot, while low definition media is cool.

Here are a few of McLuhan's examples:

Cool-----Hot

telephone-----radio

news magazine-----text book

cartoons-----photographs

T.V.-----movies

seminar-----lecture


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