Invitation to a Book Launch: Rita Leistner’s Looking for Marshall McLuhan in Afghanistan

16Oct14

You are invited to the launch of Rita Leistner’s unique book 

Looking for Marshall McLuhan in Afghanistan: iProbes & iPhone Photographs

The Time: October 29, 5:30PM to 8:00 PM

The Place: Alumni Hall, Victoria College, University of Toronto 

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The Northrop Frye Centre, which is hosting the event, has asked that people rsvp if they can (so they will know how much food & drink to provide): http://www.vic.utoronto.ca/academics/Research_Centres/fryecentre/nfcrsvp2.htm

See website: http://www.lookingformarshallmcluhan.com/book/

From a recent review:-

This book is astonishing!

Rita has an MA in Comp Lit, and she has written essays for other people’s books on conflict photography, but here she gets philosophical and whimsical in ways that will surprise everyone. She really takes the idea of photography as a communication technology and runs with it.

Here is what the back of the book says better than I can paraphrase:

“In 2011, Rita Leistner embedded with U.S. Marines in Afghanistan as a team member of the experimental social media initiative Basetrack. What resulted is Looking for Marshall McLuhan in Afghanistan. In this insightful and provocative, playful and original merging of theory and practice, Leistner applies the pioneering Canadian media theorist’s ideas on language and technology to contemporary warfare and increasingly ubiquitous smartphones.” ( http://tinyurl.com/mnmafxu )

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