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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 […]

 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 […]

“Man becomes, as it were, the sex organs of the machine world, as the bee of the plant world, enabling it to fecundate and to evolve ever new forms. The machine world reciprocates man’s love by expediting his wishes and desires, namely, in providing him with wealth”.  – Understanding Media (1964), p. 46 By Tristan Eldritch […]

Acoustic Space: A Short, Sage and Funny Movie  By Paul Levinson   –   January 17, 2015 Just saw Acoustic Space, a short film by Anthony Marinelli currently on the film festival circuit, and based on the award-winning play by Marinelli of the same name.   That name is taken from Marshall McLuhan’s phrase – […]

What is Technoculture? The online academic journal Technoculture defines its title as “the ways in which technology impacts this (or any) society” ( ) and Wikipedia expands the definition, explaining the term as “a neologism that is not in standard dictionaries but that has some popularity in academia, popularized by editors Constance Penley and Andrew Ross […]

Edgar Allan Poe’s 1841 short story, “A Descent into the Maelström,” anticipates the systems concepts of chaos and complexity, and provided Marshall McLuhan with a vivid metaphor for popular culture, technology, and the modern media environment. It was invoked in McLuhan’s first book, The Mechanical Bride, originally published in 1951, and McLuhan would make similar […]

There has been a recent sometimes heated discussion on the Media Ecology Association’s listserv about the value and applicability of Marshall and Eric McLuhan’s Laws of Media (LoM). As in the past, some media scholars value and apply the LoM in their teaching and writing, while others either willfully or otherwise misunderstand them or do […]

An Excerpt From Culture Worrier by Journalist Clarence Page  INTRODUCTION   –   WHAT? ME WORRY? Culture Worrier: Reflections on Race, Politics and Social Change by Clarence Page, Foreword by Chris Matthews When the pioneer media guru Marshall McLuhan visited my university during my student days, he said something that has stuck with me. A student asked what […]

From The Medium is the Massage: An Inventory of Effects by Marshall McLuhan & Quentin Fiore, Bantam Books, New York, 1967.  Penguin Edition  An Essay by Menachem Feuer of York University, Toronto, from his Schlemiel Theory blog (republished by permission). This is an excerpt; read the whole essay at [Marshall McLuhan], like [Norman] Mailer, appealed to […]

Posted by Ericka Goerling  in the Media Psychology blog (Republished by permission) Marshall McLuhan, the visionary educator of communications, media, technology and humanity provided a powerful framework in which to analyze media. He wrote on media’s influence in constructing a “global village” and of the powerful process of “retribalization.” This post briefly defines McLuhan’s retribalization, while posing additional […]