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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 […]


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 […]


Marshall McLuhan is still the most penetrating Christian humanist to grasp that technology has forced us to rediscover how humans can use it to advance our species and preserve its humanity. By James Poulos – January 3, 2017 It’s time—again—for a resurgence of interest in Marshall McLuhan. After a posthumous revival in the 1970s and ‘80s, McLuhan […]


Media theorist Marshall McLuhan’s work best explains how the world changed in the 2010s—and what we can expect in the decade ahead. By Zach Weissmueller What did the 2010s add up to? I spent the decade at Reason creating videos about the democratization of everything and the declining power of society’s gatekeepers. “Everything that we prize in […]


From left to right: Dr. Michael Darroch, Philip Morais, Andrew McLuhan, & Dr. Elaine Kahn “The electric light is pure information.” –Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Media Philip Morais[1]– Windsor Law J.D. Candidate 2021 On October 25, 2019, Windsor Law LTEC Lab and the School of Creative Arts co-hosted Media & Space: The Regulation of Digital Platforms, New Media […]


Bust of McLuhan by Madeleine Vrignon based on a 1935 photograph when he was 24 By Todd Lewys It’s a saying that we’re all familiar with: “the medium is the message.” And while most Manitobans would recognize Marshall McLuhan as the author of the groundbreaking statement, they might not know he spent his formative years in […]


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 […]