Archive for the ‘1960s’ Category

Culture & Technology in the 1960s Decade The Sixties are especially significant in the kind of art-media-cultural developments we are cataloging here in this timeline. Essentially because during the 1960s, we began to develop most of the technologies that underpin our 21st century media-space. And it was the American Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) that […]


When Marshall McLuhan proposed his idea to create an audio companion piece to his landmark 1967 book The Medium is the Massage, no one quite knew what to expect. The book itself brilliantly captured McLuhan’s theories on media and technology, arguing that the medium by which information is transferred to people was more important than […]


Part 1  Part 2 Part 3 See previous postings on this blog on McLuhan & Lennon:- John Lennon in Conversation with Marshall McLuhan – https://goo.gl/ffyg0N Marshall McLuhan’s Interview of John Lennon – https://goo.gl/14xQu1 Marshall McLuhan & John Lennon – https://goo.gl/d0PRzT New Book: The Beatles and McLuhan: Understanding the Electric Age – https://goo.gl/b19GOJ 


IBM System/360 Model 50 introduced in 1964. The Mainframe Was The Message May 2, 2016   –   Hesh Wiener In 1964, as IBM announced the System/360, Marshall McLuhan, a professor at the University of Toronto, published a remarkable book, Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man. He said each medium, independent of its content, is a […]


This article by Marshall McLuhan was co-authored by George B. Leonard and was published in LOOK magazine, February 21, 1967, pp. 23-25. It is remarkably prescient about the changes imposed on education by new electronic media at that time (TV, radio, movies, recordings in the 1960s) and still bears lessons for educators in the digital 21st […]


The merging of high & low culture is old hat to us, but 50 years ago Sontag & Wolfe were breaking boundaries A recent online article describes the “new sensibility” with respect to culture, defined by cultural mavens Susan Sontag and Tom Wolfe during the 1960s. Marshall McLuhan’s writings about media were for both of […]


The final TV episode of Mad Men, set in the revolutionary decade of the 1960s, will be broadcast on AMC this evening. Whether you liked and watched it or not, as I did, since its premiere on July 19, 2007, the series received huge critical praise for its acting, writing and historical accuracy, winning 15 […]


Aspen was a multimedia magazine published on an irregular schedule by Phyllis Johnson from 1965 to 1971. Described by its publisher as “the first three-dimensional magazine,” each issue came in a customized box or folder filled with materials in a variety of formats, including booklets, “flexidisc“ phonograph recordings, posters, postcards and reels of super-8 movie […]


‘U OF T RADICALS ROUTED: Bissell lands a right hook’ An excerpt from the article below:- “The moderate professors beamed their satisfaction – all except that all-purpose communications guru, Marshall McLuhan, who insisted on squatting cross-legged like a Buddha at Dr. Bissell’s feet. He made petulant faces at the photographers. On one occasion he even […]


The Marshall McLuhan Official website, which is managed by Michael McLuhan, has posted three films focused on Marshall McLuhan, that have either not been available on the Internet before or have not been readily accessible. The films are: 1. The Communications Revolution (1960),  2. This is Marshall McLuhan: The Medium is the Massage (1967), and Picnic in […]