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 Iain Baxter& (b. 1936) Iain Baxter& &Information – That famous aphorism ‘the medium is the message’ was spouted by Marshall McLuhan, the Canadian professor, philosopher and public intellectual back 1964, when his book, Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man, set the stage for my current train journey where I overhear the students discussing their A […]


The Hudson’s Bay Company crest includes four beavers and the Latin Pro Pelle Cutem, which translates to “skin for leather.” By Virginia Heffernan  a WIRED contributor HAVING GNAWED THEIR way across the Bering Land Bridge with their iron-glazed teeth, beavers by the tens of millions straight-up built North America. They worked like rodent Romans, subjugating the deciduous forests with formidable infrastructure: […]


R.H. Thomson performs the role of Marshall McLuhan during his time of decline & aphasia I attended a pre-opening performance of The Message last week. I was not impressed by either the play or production I witnessed, indeed I was disappointed. I know R.H. Thomson to be a highly regarded and skilled actor, but he […]


Hugh Kenner (1923-2003) By Michael Dirda, Critic, October 10, 2018 “Questioning Minds: The Letters of Guy Davenport and Hugh Kenner” has been for me, and will be for many others, the most intellectually exhilarating work published in 2018. In roughly 1,000 letters, mainly from the 1960s and ’70s, two of the great literary polymaths of the second […]


“The electric light escapes attention as a communication medium just because it has no ‘content.’ And this makes it an invaluable instance of how people fail to study media at all. For it is not till the electric light is used to spell out some brand name that it is noticed as a medium. Then […]


Howard Luck Gossage (1917 – 1969) “People don’t read ads. They read what interests them. Sometimes that’s an ad.” — Howard Luck Gossage Marshall McLuhan in San Francisco 1965 Here is SF Chronicle columnist Herb Caen’s August 12, 1965 account of Professor Marshall McLuhan’s San Francisco visit where a McLuhan festival was taking place. I went to […]


The cover and first page of the July 3, 1965, Macleans Magazine that contains the”High Priest” article below. This lengthy article from the July 3, 1965 issue of Macleans Magazine discusses Marshall McLuhan near or at his peak of fame and influence during the 1960s. His two most important books, The Gutenberg Galaxy (1962) and […]


Hans Ulrich Obrist, Douglas Coupland and Shumon Basar discuss tomorrow via the spreads from their radical artist’s book, Age Of Earthquakes April 6, 2015 “We see this as a kind of DIY manual.” Hans Ulrich Obrist, Serpentine co-director, and arguably his generations finest curator, is very excited. He’s describing his new book, a radical updating of […]


Guest editors: Phil Rose (Canada), Varvara Chumakova (Russia) This year marks 50 years since the publication of Marshall McLuhan and Quentin Fiore’s book The Medium is the Massage: An Inventory of Effects (1967), which sought to popularize McLuhan’s central theses about the environmental changes that new media help to bring about. In Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man (1964), […]


Marshall McLuhan was a Catholic, having converted from the Baptist and Methodist faiths of his parents in 1937 at the age of 26. But is his body of work on media theory essentially Catholic in its scope and substance? Partially it certainly is. In his late teens and 20s he was influenced by Thomist philosophy […]