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Marshall McLuhan by Yousuf Karsh (1967) (c) Karsh Estate With Marshall McLuhan (CA), Peter Blegvad (UK), Disnovation(SW/DE), Harun Farocki (DE), Darsha Hewitt (CA), Mogens Jacobsen (DK), Willy Lemaitre (CA), !mediengruppe Bitnik(DE), MRZB (IT), Christof Migone (CA), Reynold Reynolds(US), Thomas Bégin (CA), Wolfgang Spahn (DE), Hito Steyerl(DE), Stephanie Syjuco (PH) & Angela Washko (US). Exhibition: 22.09.2017 — 19.11.2017 Opening + performance: Thomas Bégin & Wolfgang Spahn Friday 22.09.2017, 8 PM 2 locations: West Museumkwartier, Lange Voorhout 34 West; Groenewegje 136 Extras: 2-day Symposium Feedback 28.09 & 29.09 1-day Symposium Man and His […]


Marshall McLuhan in the March 1967 Saturday Review  Fordham News   –   October 16, 2017 Twentieth-century media theorist Marshall McLuhan spent just one academic year at Fordham—his 1967-68 tenure as Albert Schweitzer Chair of the Humanities. But that year was a heady one, for both McLuhan and for a nation that would soon undergo profound cultural and […]


McLuhan Fellowship for Excellence in Journalism Awarded to Manny Mogato, Philippine correspondent for Reuters (Right) By Margaret Claire Latug, GMA News  –  September 28, 2017 The Center for Media Freedom & Responsibility on Thursday presented a prestigious fellowship to Manila-based reporter Manuel Mogato, who has chronicled some of the most explosive events under President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration for […]


By Richard Metzger Although John Lennon and Yoko Ono were undoubtedly two of the very most famous and talked about people of 1969, Canadian media theorist Marshall McLuhan was no slouch in the worldwide fame department himself. And so it was an inspired pairing indeed, organized by the Canadian Broadcast Corporation, when the peace-promoting Beatle […]


Marshall McLuhan Explains Why We’re Blind to How Technology Changes Us, Raising the Question: What Have the Internet & Social Media Done to Us? By Colin Marshall So many of us use Facebook every day, but how many of us know that its enormous presence in our lives owes, in part, to modern philosophy? “In […]


“The Media is the Message” – The Irony Behind Google’s Celebration of Marshall McLuhan By Daniel Pantelo [On July 21, 2017], Google celebrated the 106th birthday of Marshall McLuhan – an intellectual who pioneered the study of media theory with the famous declaration,” The medium is the message.” With the 3.5 billion people who ran […]


Photo illustration Ming Wong/The Globe & Mail (Click on image to enlarge) The Globe and Mail’s Mark Medley speaks with biographer Douglas Coupland on why the culture and communications guru’s theories continue to resonate in 2017 – perhaps more than ever In his 2010 biography of Marshall McLuhan, the visual artist and writer Douglas Coupland describes reading […]


“The electronic media haven’t wiped out the book: it’s read, used, and wanted, perhaps more than ever. But the role of the book has changed. It’s no longer alone. It no longer has sole charge of our outlook, nor of our sensibilities.” As familiar as those words may sound, they don’t come from one of […]


(Click on the image to expand the view and start the animation) For journalism students at New York’s Fordham University, the shadow of Marshall McLuhan looms large. A media theorist and digital visionary, McLuhan taught at Fordham during its 1967-68 academic year, overseeing an alternative curriculum of lectures, film screenings, and independent study. His philosophies […]


Herbert Marshall McLuhan is famed for having one of the most poignant predictions of the 20th century. The philosopher and intellectual foresaw the birth of the internet 35 years before it happened.  On the day that would have been McLuhan’s 106th birthday [July 21, 2017] he is being honoured with a Google Doodle. This is […]