Taulmaran Paper is such a medium; it is readily transported, but has a relatively short lifespan. On the other hand, societies that depend on space-biased media such as printed newspapers and books tend to favour abstract thought and control over space. The Bias of Communication These are intended to carry stories and messages that last for many generations, but tend to reach limited audiences. Their monopoly of knowledge depended on their control over the production of the time-binding medium of parchment useful for preserving hand-copied manuscripts written in Latin. Frenchfold rated it really liked it Dec 03, Mihajlo Krivokuca rated it it was amazing Sep 18, Most writers are occupied in providing accounts of the content of philosophy, science, libraries, empires, and religions.

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While in France, he was seriously wounded. What Innis experienced during the war contradicted popular beliefs at home that the Canadian identity was a pale reflection of British imperialism and deepened his nationalist outlook.

After doctoral studies at the University of Chicago, Innis joined the faculty of the University of Toronto. Lawrence River-basedinterpretation. At any given period, Innis argued, the pattern of Canadian economic development was based on the physical characteristics of a particular staple and the methods by which it was extracted and carried to distant markets. Innis first outlined his ideas in The Fur Trade in Canada In the last chapter, Innis suggests ways that other staples, such as timber, wheat and minerals, modified the patterns originally established during the fur trade.

Innis devoted the remainder of his life to fleshing out these ideas, and toward the end he began to explore the biases embedded in staples-driven communications systems. Some of his ideas were taken up and extended by Marshall McLuhan.

The Laurentian paradigm dominated Canadian history and social science from the s to the early s.


Harold Innis

Early life[ edit ] The one-room schoolhouse in Otterville, officially known as S. The photo was taken around Innis is the boy with the cap, fifth from the right, back row. Innis would later teach for a few months at the school. As a boy he loved the rhythms and routines of farm life and he never forgot his rural origins. At the time, the Baptist church was an important part of life in rural areas. It gave isolated families a sense of community and embodied the values of individualism and independence.


The Bias of Communication


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