I read a very short but positive review of Clay Shirky's book Here Comes Everybody in Wired, so I thought I should check it out. Seems to be available now, but more importantly, perhaps, I found this video of his book talk at Harvard. My immediate reaction upon listening was "This is plagiarism!!" Talk about fully absorbing McLuhan but not citing him! Maybe the book does, and I checked around--he cited McLuhan in an essay from 2000--but I really haven't heard anybody else evoke things like the communications epochs and communication as prosthetic / extension without at least dropping McLuhan's name.
Of course Shirky has moved into analysis and details well beyond what McLuhan was able to do in the 1960s through 80s, so I will need to check out the book this summer. A trend that continues to strike me as interesting is the appropriation of McLuhan by the popular press commentators (Steven Johnson, Clay Shirky, Chuck Klosterman) but general dismissal among scholars. I have some ideas as to why this happens, but I'll need to come back to those later.
Watch the video, and leave a comment--come here, everybody!