Beckett, McLuhan, and Television: The Medium, the Message, and “the Mess”

Linda Ben-Zvi*

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Sociologist manuel castells’s sweeping three-volume study, The Information Age, begins with the assertion: “Our societies are increasingly structured around the bipolar opposition of the Net and the Self” (1: 3). The Net, a term covering the ever-expanding networked communication media, he defines as fluid and constantly changing, while the Self is in a constant search for some fixity or surety now that primary markers of identity-sexual, religious, ethnic, territorial-are no longer clearly delineated or self-evident.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBeckett at 100
Subtitle of host publicationRevolving it All
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9780197723210
ISBN (Print)9780195325478
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2023


  • delineated
  • identity
  • markers
  • primary
  • religious


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