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The New Explorations: Studies in Culture and Communication journal and project is inspired by the original journal Explorations: Studies in Culture and Communication, which was edited by Edmund (Ted) Carpenter and Marshall McLuhan. The first eight issues of Explorations were published between 1953 and 1957 at the University of Toronto and a ninth issue was […]



For several years I have followed the work of Douglas Coupland because he exemplifies for me the kind of artist McLuhan wrote about who has “integral awareness” because he “grasps the implications of his actions and of new knowledge in his own time” (Understanding Media, p. 65). Therefore any new book involving him, whether collaborated […]



Established in 1997 between the McLuhan Program at the University of Toronto and the Embassy of Canada in the Philippines, the Marshall McLuhan Fellowship has been awarded yearly to a recipient embodying outstanding qualities in the field of investigative journalism. Canadian embassy’s political & public affairs counselor Warren Mucci with Patricia Evangelista who was awarded […]



Media Health is a group of researchers in Montreal who “study the health applications and implications of information and communication technologies.” One of their major projects looks at “Screens and Stress,” the purpose of which they explain thus: Screens can stress us by their physical properties or by their content . Screens can also de-stress […]



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 […]



2 tetrads and 7 pages of notes on the effects of COVID-19 by Andrew McLuhan Andrew McLuhan wisely describes humanity’s struggle against COVID-19 as a World War because he knows how his grandfather described World War III: “World War I a railway war of centralization and encirclement. World War II a radio war of decentralization […]



A young Moses Znaimer By Dom Serafini Moishe (Moses) Znaimer is a media entrepreneur, media executive, media innovator, TV host, producer, content distributor, actor, TV historian, TV museum curator, TV philosopher, and prophet, who has been influencing and polarizing Canadian society since 1965, when he received a master’s degree in politics from Harvard University. But […]



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 […]



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 […]