Archive for the ‘Articles’ Category

Primo Conti, Profughe alla stazione (Refugees at the Station) By Patrick Roesle While McLuhan was the person who coined the term “global village” to characterize of our new wired world, today we often load the phrase with idyllic or utopian connotations that McLuhan did not intend. Quite the contrary. During a 1977 interview on TV […]


Allen Ginsberg was one of several high-profile guests at a controversial conference on LSD held at the University of Toronto in 1967.  (DON DUTTON)   Panelists largely supported LSD use, saying it boosted human creativity to previously-unseen levels. “The use of these drugs, I think, has a very positive effect on writers. They are used by almost all the […]


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 […]


Culture & Technology in the 1960s Decade The Sixties are especially significant in the kind of art-media-cultural developments we are cataloging here in this timeline. Essentially because during the 1960s, we began to develop most of the technologies that underpin our 21st century media-space. And it was the American Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) that […]


Saturday Review Cover – March 18, 1967 By Jefferson Pooley WHEN MARSHALL MCLUHAN published Understanding Media in 1964, the Cambridge-trained literary scholar was not well known, even inside the academy. By 1967, he was on the covers of Newsweek and the Saturday Review, and the subject of an hourlong NBC documentary, all in the same month. […]


KIRKUS REVIEW of the book, published by Holt, Rinehart & Winston of Canada in 1972 (April 2, 1973) – Carpenter, a one-time Marshall McLuhan associate (the two jointly edited Explorations in Communications, 1960), explores the impact of media, both visual and acoustic, on preliterate peoples — Eskimos and New Guinea tribesmen being among those to […]


November 23, 2016 –  By Venkatesh Rao The weaponized form of McLuhan’s famous phrase the medium is the message is the phrase, first we shape our tools, then our tools shape us (due to to McLuhan’s friend John Culkin). I have come to prefer this form of the idea, and my favorite motif for it is Doc Ock, […]


 Picasso & Chagall The Artist as Distant Early Warning System (2005) When multimedia artist Laurie Anderson performed recently in Vancouver, she mused how life is often like bad art. Characters come and go and never return. The plot changes randomly. Entire themes are abandoned halfway through. Unlike art, life’s point of view is always first […]


By Phil A. Rose, McMaster University HAROLD INNIS’S HISTORY OF COMMUNICATIONS: PAPER & PRINTING — ANTIQUITY TO EARLY MODERNITY. Edited by William J. Buxton, Michael R. Cheney, & Paul Heyer. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015. 185 pp. ISBN: 9781442243385. With their recently published version of Harold Innis’s History of Communications: Paper and Printing — […]


Marshall McLuhan’s legendary status confirmed with exhibition By Michael Swan, The Catholic Register, October 23, 2016 When Marshall McLuhan died New Year’s Eve 1980, the University of Toronto lost a man they found slightly embarrassing. In the view of university administrators, McLuhan’s Monday night seminars on culture, technology and media had become more cult than curriculum. […]