Archive for the ‘Academic’ Category

Mobile Phone Evolution 1992 – 2014 This is a short excerpt from an excellent wide-ranging and philosophical essay about Marshall McLuhan, his main ideas, and mobile phones that deserves to be read in full. It is also well-written. Follow the link at the bottom to do so. The Mobile Phone By Peter Benson … Let us consider […]


Donald Theall, born in Mount Vernon, New York, took his B.A. from Yale University in 1950, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in 1951 and 1954. He rose through the ranks from Lecturer to Professor at Toronto from 1953 to 1965, being Chairman of the Combined Departments of English there in […]


For beginners studying Marshall McLuhan’s ideas, I usually recommend that they read the famous Playboy interview (1969) in which he is resolutely cogent and unambiguous for a non-academic reading audience, proving that he could be that when he wanted to be. You can download a PDF of it here https://goo.gl/13QXas.  Second, I recommend that they read his The […]


St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto introduces the McLuhan Seminar in Creativity and Technology Offered for the first time in 2018-2019, The McLuhan Seminar is an exploration of the relationship between creativity and technology.Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980), one of the most charismatic and wide-ranging thinkers of the 20th century, taught at St. Michael’s College from 1946 until […]


(Click on the image for an expanded view) As a part of the McLuhan Salons series, this panel discussion will explore the role of public organizations such as universities, civic institutions, and local communities in supporting the urban sustainable development. Featured speakers: Siri Agrell, Director of Strategic Initiatives City of Toronto Jean-Paul Addie, Urban Studies Institute […]


The following is from an essay by a former student of Ong, Dr. Thomas J. Farrell, as an introduction to Ong’s thought and body of scholarship by way of prefacing this last book of his former teacher. Follow this link read Dr. Farrell’s whole essay  https://goo.gl/FBC7sZ. Ong’s incomplete sixth book-length study has now been posthumously […]


Marshall McLuhan & Walter Ong seated to his left By Nick Ripatrazone   –   Dec. 27. 2017 “I make probes,” wrote Marshall McLuhan. “I don’t explain—I explore.” In 1967 he published The Medium Is the Massage, an eccentric journey into how our senses experience electric media. That same year, Walter Ong, S.J.—whose graduate thesis adviser happened to be […]


The December 1968 Edition of Playboy Magazine that contains Marshall McLuhan’s essay, Include Me Out: The Reversal of the Overheated Image   Most people who have an interest in Marshall McLuhan are aware of the 1969 Interview of McLuhan published by Playboy Magazine, but they might not know about the December 1968 essay Include Me Out: The […]


MARSHALL MCLUHAN AND THE ARTS “The artist tends now to move from the ivory tower to the control tower of society”. —Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Media (1964) Editors | Adam Lauder and Jaqueline McLeod Rogers This special issue exploring “Marshall McLuhan and the arts” encourages new approaches to the study of McLuhan’s influential theses on perception, […]


Date & Time: Thursday, December 7, 2017, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Location: Rogers Communications Centre (The Venn RCC 103), 80 Gould Street, Ryerson University, Toronto Description: Join the McLuhan Salons series, and Philippine correspondent for Reuters and McLuhan Award for Investigative Journalism, Manny Mogato. Mogato will present the topic: “Journalism under attack: The phenomenon of fake news and challenges of […]