Archive for the ‘1960s’ Category

Harley Parker, Ted Carpenter, Marshall McLuhan, John Culkin, SJ (Click on image for enlarged view) McLuhan in New York, sponsored by Fordham University and St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto at Fordham University, 13 October 2017 From Fall 1967 to Spring 1968, Canadian media theorist Marshall McLuhan spent one academic year in New York City […]


By Richard Metzger Although John Lennon and Yoko Ono were undoubtedly two of the very most famous and talked about people of 1969, Canadian media theorist Marshall McLuhan was no slouch in the worldwide fame department himself. And so it was an inspired pairing indeed, organized by the Canadian Broadcast Corporation, when the peace-promoting Beatle […]


(Click on image for larger view) From Fall 1967 to Spring 1968, Canadian media theorist Marshall McLuhan spent one academic year in New York City as the Albert Schweitzer Chair of the Humanities at Fordham University, invited by John Culkin S.J., Chair of the Department of Communications at Fordham. McLuhan in New York took the […]


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 […]