Let’s Get Paul Levinson To Do A Talk For #UMRG

Paul Levinson is the author of Digital McLuhan (and many other books). He has agreed to be the host of a crowdfunding campaign to have him speak about McLuhan in our reading group.

Paul Levinson

Paul Levinson

Help make it happen

This talk (followed with a conversation) will happen if we manage to get together USD 255 (about EUR 200). We will use the crowdfunding platform Crowdtilt for this. You can pledge a certain amount of money (with your credit card) which you will only need to pay if there is enough others willing to do so. This is similar to Kickstarter with which you might be more familiar.

Support his talk here

Everyone a publisher in the digital age

“The Xerox makes everyone a publisher,” McLuhan frequently observed in the 1970s. Like most of his brilliant probes, this was not literally true in 1970s – xeroxed manuscripts looked little like books and newspapers – but it caught the wave of the future, in which the Kindle revolution would allow any author to easily become a publisher, and therein render the traditional, gatekeeping publisher obsolete. This profound development is good for the body politic as well as letters and arts.

Paul will talk for 20-30 minutes on one of our Monday afternoons (CET time) via live online video about this revolution in gatekeeping, followed by discussion with us (and any other attendees).

The official bio

Paul Levinson, PhD, is Professor of Communication & Media Studies at Fordham University in New York City. His eight nonfiction books, including The Soft Edge (1997), Digital McLuhan (1999), Realspace (2003), Cellphone (2004), and New New Media (2009; 2nd edition, 2012) have been the subject of major articles in the New York Times, Wired, the Christian Science Monitor, and have been translated into ten languages. His science fiction novels include The Silk Code (1999, winner of the Locus Award for Best First Novel), Borrowed Tides (2001), The Consciousness Plague (2002), The Pixel Eye (2003), and The Plot To Save Socrates (2006). His short stories have been nominated for Nebula, Hugo, Edgar, and Sturgeon Awards. Paul Levinson appears on “The O’Reilly Factor” (Fox News), “The CBS Evening News,” “NewsHour with Jim Lehrer” (PBS), “Nightline” (ABC), Dylan Ratigan (MSNBC) and numerous national and international TV and radio programs. His 1972 LP, Twice Upon a Rhyme, was re-issued on mini-CD by Big Pink Records in 2009, and was re-issued in a vinyl remastered re-pressing by Sound of Salvation/Whiplash Records in December 2010. He reviews the best of television in his InfiniteRegress.tv blog, writes political commentary for Mediaite, and was listed in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Top 10 Academic Twitterers” in 2009.