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Marshall McLuhan Teaching at the University of Michigan David Bobbitt, Wesleyan College, (Published: December 30, 2011) “After three thousand years of explosion, by means of fragmentary and mechanical technologies, the Western world is imploding” (McLuhan 3).1 With these words on the first page of Understanding Media published in 1964, Marshall McLuhan burst onto the intellectual scene with his […]


Mark Kingwell Mark Kingwell is a professor of philosophy at the University of Toronto. More than five decades ago, Marshall McLuhan argued that media are ecosystems, extensions of human consciousness. The famous adage that the medium is the message also means, as the often-misquoted title of McLuhan’s famous book notes, that the medium is the […]


The McLuhan Way

17Oct19

This is an article from the online version of a regional quarterly print publication titled “Watershed,” which reflects on life in the Northumberland and Prince Edward Counties and the Bay of Quinte Region, east of Toronto, the beautifully-published version of which was brought to our attention by Andrew McLuhan who lives in Picton in Prince […]


The title of this posting is Marshall McLuhan’s title for his Introduction to Wilson Bryan Key’s “Sublimination Seduction: Ad Media’s Manipulation of a Not So Innocent America” (1973). It is in this essay that you will find such well-known McLuhan quotes as “Advertising is an environmental striptease for a world of abundance” Here is the […]


On July 21, 1969, people around the world crowded around their televisions to witness history in the making: astronaut Neil Armstrong taking his first steps on the moon. The United States’ Apollo 11 spacecraft landed on the moon the day before – becoming the first crewed vessel to do so. The momentous occasion sparked a lively conversation on […]


Marshall McLuhan and the author of this essay in the Valade Family Gallery at CCS (Photo: Matt Raupp). The Medium is (is not) the Message: Marshall McLuhan and His Legacy By Vince Carducci   –   March 30, 2019 On March 19, 2019, I gave a talk in the Valade Family Gallery on the campus of College […]


Click on image for expanded view. Hannah Whitaker, “Barcroft Branches” & “Arctic Landscape (Trees)” (both 2014) Excerpt from How to Be as Well-Informed as Marshall McLuhan, John Eaton, Lester Patrick Watson (Fron Macleans, September 1, 1971, pp. 38-39) Canada lost its innocence somewhere between the time Gordie Tapp expatriated to do Hee-Haw and Pierre Trudeau […]


Echo and Narcissus by John William Waterhouse (1903) On the Narcosis of Narcissus By Christopher S. Morrissey  –  June 13, 2019 He could not go. He wanted neither to eat nor to sleep. Only to lie there — eyes insatiably Gazing into the eyes that were no eyes. This is how his own eyes destroyed […]


Black Mirror: Bandersnatch is a 2018 interactive film in the science fiction anthology series Black Mirror. It was written by series creator Charlie Brooker and directed by David Slade. Netflix released the standalone film on 28 December 2018. In Bandersnatch, viewers make decisions for the main character, the young programmer Stefan Butler (Fionn Whitehead) who is adapting a fantasy choose-your-own-adventure novel into a video game in 1984. See […]


Marshall McLuhan, January 21, 1967, photo by Yousuf Karsh (c) Marshall McLuhan — Prophet of the Internet Everyone assumes that a tool is just a tool and that’s that. You use it to fulfill a certain function, to assist in a task which the human body could not complete on its own. Tools act as extensions of […]