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May 10, 2011

Douglas Coupland at The Waldorf Hotel

Douglas Coupland will be hosting an interactive presentation on Marshall McLuhan and YouTube at The Waldorf Hotel on May 26, 2011

Marshall McLuhan knew exactly what the Internet was going to be… the only thing he didn’t know is what it was actually going to look like. It’s why so much of what he said and wrote in the 1960s and 1970s alienated critics. He was trying to be poetic and theoretic…al about what we now simply call interfaces, links and apps.

And now, from the hindsight of 2011, we can surf, via YouTube, our rich collective consciousness as it finally revealed itself online. Our collective being takes the form of cute cat videos, videos of Japanese devastation, mid-East political revolution, trampoline disasters and… well, would Marshall have been horrified or fascinated? Probably both.

Coupland, with his recent biography of Marshall McLuhan, offers a more precise look at ourselves via the ultimate manifestation of the global village: YouTube. Expect a back-and-forth experience between the audience, Coupland and the world itself.

Thursday, May 26, 2011
Doors open at 8:00 pm
Admission is free
The Waldorf Hotel (1489 East Hastings, Vancouver)

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