Bruce Forer
July 19, 1996 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The life and work of Marshall McLuhan, the late Canadian professor who became the media guru of the ’60s and ’70s, has been collected on this impressively designed disc, Understanding McLuhan, which contains more than an hour of video interviews and lectures, three hours of audio, an extensive biography, and the complete texts of Understanding Media and The Gutenberg Galaxy. McLuhan held virtual court on everything from go-go dancers and the ”global village” to E-mail and TV talk shows, all while Bill Gates was still getting an allowance. If the medium is indeed the message, then McLuhan was the digital age’s prophetic messenger. B+

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