McLuhan'S Laws of Media and the PLE

Terry Anderson, Virtual Canuck, Apr 10, 2007
Commentary by Stephen Downes

When confronted with new media, McLuhan said, ask these simple questions: what does it enhance? What dos it obsolete? What does it retrieve? What does it reverse? If you have an answer to these, well, as Terry Anderson argues, "This brief mapping of PLEs to McLuhan's Laws of Media illustrates that PLEs constitute a new educational media. More importantly, noting the inherent adherence to McLuhan's four laws helps us understand how best to exploit this technology and what to be on guard against as the PLE cycles through exhibition of all four Laws of Media." Via George Siemens, who says it sort of does and sort of doesn't.
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