Archive for the ‘Academic’ Category


From Porter, A. (1969). Cybernetics simplified. Barnes & Noble Inc. pp. v-vi Foreward This is a much needed book. It helps to build a bridge between The Two Cultures whose separation plagues C.P. Snow and many others. The very word “cybernetics” is a useful clue to the central meaning of the electronic revolution. The speed-up […]



Camille Paglia This is another one of the interviews resurrected or rather, in Tetrad terms, Retrieved from the Understanding McLuhan interactive CD-ROM from Voyager Interactive (1996) [see https://tinyurl.com/uodqk9k] which can no longer be watched via the browsers of today and thus has vanished from accessibility. Thanks for your excellent recovery work, Clinton.   Q: Could you tell us […]



This 9-page article is the best account of Ted Carpenter’s life and career that I’ve come across. Please follow the link at the bottom to read the whole thing. There is a bibliography at the end. By Ellen Harold Multifaceted anthropologist Edmund (“Ted”) Snow Carpenter is an ethnologist, archaeologist, filmmaker, and communications theorist. An authority […]



The Original Explorations Journal of Ted Carpenter & Marshall McLuhan (1953 – 1957) The launch is planned for the first week of March. I will post an announcement when it is online. By Bob Logan The New Explorations: Studies in Culture and Communication project and journal is inspired by the journal Explorations: Studies in Culture […]



Neil Postman This is another one of the interviews resurrected or rather, in Tetrad terms, Retrieved from the Understanding McLuhan interactive CD-ROM from Voyager Interactive (1996) [see https://tinyurl.com/uodqk9k%5D which can no longer be watched and read on the PCs of today by Clinton Ignatov, a self-described computer “geek”. He used a Windows 3.1 Virtual Machine […]



Click on image for expanded view Edmund “Ted” Carpenter, an anthropologist, was a colleague of Marshall McLuhan’s at the University of Toronto in the 1950s, and a lifelong friend. McLuhan immediately recognized a fellow “intellectual thug” when he met Carpenter in 1948. Both cultivated reputations as academic iconoclasts. In his biography of McLuhan, The Medium […]



The short-lived but influential magazine overseen by Edmund Carpenter & Marshall McLuhan. By Kevin Plummer In the 1950s, anthropologist Edmund Carpenter, English professor Marshall McLuhan, and others were at the centre of an innovative working group at the University of Toronto investigating modes and media of communication from a variety of academic perspectives. The establishment […]



By Andrew McLuhan I like to focus on what’s practical today from McLuhan’s work, but that said, history is important and it can be instructive and useful to know where things come from. It can also be interesting, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Some years ago, when I undertook the inventory and evaluation of […]



ABOUT THE EVENT There is perhaps no person more responsible for the radical transformation of the humanities since the 1960s than the Canadian philosopher and provocateur Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980). McLuhan’s voluminous publications, lectures, interviews, and talks (and in one case, cameo film appearance in Woody Allen’s Annie Hall) have made him one of the most widely […]



Marshall McLuhan at Cambridge University By Colin Marshall So many of us use Facebook every day, but how many of us know that its enormous presence in our lives owes, in part, to modern philosophy? “In the course of his studies at Stanford,” writes John Lanchester in a recent London Review of Books piece of Facebook, Silicon Valley billionaire […]