Archive for the ‘Books’ Category

“The essential guide to how media shape our lives. By the creator of the most talked about political ad in television history.” The Responsive Chord outlines the way our ways of thinking and communicating have been shaped for centuries by written language and by the difficulty of transmitting information over long distances… and how those habits […]


The Mind on Paper: Reading, Consciousness and Rationality David R. Olson, Professor Emeritus, OISE, University of Toronto Author Information: https://goo.gl/ZvBghq Planned Publication: November 2016   –   Not yet published   –   Hardback   –   ISBN: 9781107162891 Although the importance of literacy is widely acknowledged in society and remains at the top of the political agenda, […]


Harold Innis Reflects: Memoir & WWI Writings/ Correspondence Edited by William J. Buxton; Michael R. Cheney & Paul Heyer –Foreword by Anne Innis Dagg Offering fresh insight into the early life of Harold Adams Innis (1894-1952), this volume makes available a number of previously unpublished writings from the renowned Canadian economic historian and media scholar. Part I, Innis’s […]


 ************************** The radicalism of the 1960s was reflected in theorizing about what education should look like in the New Media age of the ’60s. The thinking and method in this book revolve around two poles of thought that were big on the radar screens and in the cocktail party chatter of Sixties-era intellectuals: the ideas […]


 Editor: Friesen, Norm (Ed.) Offers interpretations of recent developments in media and communication studies Is the first to bring together leading media theorists and media philosophers from German‐speaking Europe Represents a unique addition to texts related to Friedrich Kittler It includes papers on Marshall McLuhan by Michael Darroch, Rainer Leschke and Norm Friesen. This book […]


“For over half a century neuroscientists have known that specific neuronal pathways grow and proliferate when used, while the disuse of neuron “trees” leads to their shrinkage and gradual loss of efficacy. Even before those discoveries, McLuhan described the process metaphorically, writing that when we adapt to a new tool that extends a function previously performed by […]


Marshall McLuhan’s collaboratively-written books, especially the ones published after his death in 1980, do not receive the review and critical attention they deserve, which needs to change. Therefore it was a pleasure to read the following Kirkus Review which, though short, is well-considered, which was published in print in 1989 but only online in 2012. […]


Thank you to Martin Speer for bringing this to my attention and for providing the following text from the book’s Introduction:-   From the Introduction: “Canadian media theorist Marshall McLuhan famously argued that the purpose of media studies was to make visible that which normally remains invisible ‒ namely, the effects of media technologies rather […]


This latest book by Eric McLuhan was announced on this blog on Oct. 27. See https://goo.gl/bAsF0A . The following is Dr. McLuhan’s Forward to his book:- The Sensus Communis Synesthesia & The Soul   –   An Odyssey By Eric McLuhan Foreword is Forewarned When I came across a description of the experience of mysticism in Henri […]


(Photo courtesy of the McLuhan Centre for Culture & Technology, U of Toronto) Eric McLuhan books launch “Sensus Communis”/“Cynic Satire”, McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology – University of Toronto: Philip Marchand, McLuhan biographer (“The Medium and the Messenger”), Eric McLuhan, and Francesco Guardiani, Professor of Italian, University of Toronto, who published essays on McLuhan […]