Archive for the ‘1960s’ Category

See previous postings on this blog on McLuhan & Lennon:- John Lennon in Conversation with Marshall McLuhan – Marshall McLuhan’s Interview of John Lennon – Marshall McLuhan & John Lennon – New Book: The Beatles and McLuhan: Understanding the Electric Age – 

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 […]

Whole Earth Catalog, spring 1969 In 1968, Stewart Brand founded the Whole Earth Catalog. Brand’s goals were to make a variety of tools accessible to newly dispersed counterculture communities, back-to-the-land households, and innovators in the fields of technology, design, and architecture, and to create a community meeting-place in print. The catalogue quickly developed into a […]

Report on Project in Understanding New Media prepared for and published by The National Association of Educational Broadcasters (NAEB) for the Department of Education, Washington, D.C., 1960 Students and scholars of Marshall McLuhan will be happy to learn that the modest looking typescript document depicted above can now be downloaded as a PDF, thanks to […]