Archive for the ‘Academic’ Category

transmediale Marshall McLuhan LectureFaisal Devji (left) in conversation with Megan Boler (right) at the 2018 Marshall McLuhan Lecture in Berlin transmediale Marshall McLuhan Lecture by Megan Boler 30.01.2018, 18:30 at the Embassy of Canada, Berlin The 10th-anniversary edition of the transmediale Marshall McLuhan lecture was delivered by Megan Boler, a professor in the Department of […]


Click on the image for an expanded view. Designed by Paolo Granata, University of Toronto Studying book history and print culture often requires a specialized terminology. Designed to honour the legacy of the German inventor Johannes Gutenberg, this 52-card deck is a guide to key terms, including illustrations and examples, used in printing history, bibliography, and textual scholarship. It’s also a […]


Paolo Granata top centre & media scholar Andrey Miroshnichenko opposite him with 2 students The Medium A Marshal McLuhan Board Game The Medium is a board game inspired by Marshall McLuhan, a thought-provoking game and teaching aid that encourages us to become aware of the media environment. It stimulates players to escape the maelstrom by recognizing the […]


Marshall McLuhan with TV at a Monday Night Seminar While most people don’t equate television and learning, in the mid-twentieth century, at least a few educators imagined that the two were an ideal match. Long before video-sharing platforms like YouTube existed, a minority of educators and futurists already foresaw a time when “television learning” would become the […]


Library and Archives Canada building in Ottawa McLuhan read widely, often recording his thoughts on what he read in the margins and endpapers of his books. He also corresponded with a global intellectual and social network about his reading; sometimes, he would recommend a particular book, or simply mention one in passing. Library and Archives […]


 George Gerbner (1919 – 2005) George Gerbner was a professor of communication and originator of cultivation theory which examines the long-term effects of television, it’s primary proposition being that the images and ideological messages transmitted through popular TV media heavily influence perceptions of the real world. Born in Budapest, Hungary, he emigrated to the United States […]


(Click on the above box or any image for an expanded view) AUTHORS Julia M. Hildebrand (Drexel University) and Barry Vacker (Temple University) 1. INTRODUCTION Anthropocene — Mediacene. Layers of fossils — Layers of media technology. Ways of living — Ways of seeing. If we are in the Anthropocene, then how can we not be in the Mediacene? […]


The celebrity has replaced the hero in our image-based politics—and now we’ve got one on steroids. By Arthur W. Hunt III • April 4, 2018 During the heat of the of the 2016 presidential campaign some thoughtful observers mused that if Donald Trump became president, the White House would become a TV reality show. The national news cycle […]


Marshall McLuhan in academic garb, January 21, 1967, photograph by Yousuf Karsh (copyright Karsh Estate) Marshall McLuhan’s Convocation Address, The University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada On this occasion on November 20th, 1971, he was awarded an Honorary LLD. It is nice to be home. I left here when I was four and have vivid memories […]


Marshall McLuhan wrote in his Introduction to the Second Edition of  Understanding Media: “The power of the arts to anticipate future social and technological developments, by a generation and more, has long been recognized. In this century Ezra Pound called the artist ‘the antennae of the race’. Art as radar acts as ‘an early alarm […]