Archive for the ‘Commentary’ Category


    Marshall McLuhan at the Coach House on the University of Toronto                 campus, (Robert Lansdale, University of Toronto Archives). By Alexander Kuskis, PhD University of Toronto The purpose of the Centre for Culture and Technology, as initially envisioned by Marshall McLuhan in 1963, was to “advance the […]



Media ecology is an interdisciplinary field of inquiry rooted in both North American and Continental European academic traditions that remains largely under the radar of contemporary scholars. This book aims to concisely and systematically survey a wide range of 20th-century thinkers who shared an approach to media studies as a complex system of relations and […]



Marshall McLuhan in an undated photo (Wikimedia Commons) Renée Darline Roden – December 15, 2022 Nick Ripatrazone’s new book on Marshall McLuhan, Digital Communion, arrived in my mailbox the day I presented a play about Marshall McLuhan at a conference on the Catholic imagination in Dallas, Tex. A fitting coincidence, if such things exist. I began writing […]



Best known as the amicable Director of the McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology at the University of Toronto when this film was made, Derrick de Kerckhove is at the core of a world think-tank dedicated to probing the rapid changes of our global village. The documentary Zulu Time follows this “wired man” in his […]



Andrew McLuhan in Prince Edward County at the Bloomfield Branch Library beside the McLuhan collection. By Sharon Harrison County resident Andrew McLuhan spoke to a small audience at the Bloomfield branch library about growing up as the grandson of Marshall McLuhan, where he outlined the path he is navigating to continue his renowned grandfather’s important […]



An Announcement by Howard R. Engel, Founding Director & C.E.O. of The Marshall McLuhan Initiative, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada On behalf of The Marshall McLuhan Initiative Board of Directors, I’m very pleased to report that Archives & Special Collections at the University of Manitoba (U. of M.), Marshall McLuhan’s first post-secondary alma mater where he earned a gold […]



DAVID SOBELMAN 1950-2022 It is with sadness that we share the news that our admired and dear friend, David Sobelman, died at his home in Oakville on November 7, 2022, while recuperating from surgery. David was predeceased by his beloved wife, poet and professor, Rishma Dunlop. Born in Haifa of an old French Jewish family, […]



Karmina Constantino, Marshall McLuhan Fellow 2022. Image from the Embassy of Canada in the Philippines. MANILA — Veteran journalist and ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) anchor Karmina Constantino on Thursday was named this year’s Marshall McLuhan fellow by the Canadian Embassy in the Philippines and the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR). Constantino received the […]



A special talk with Philippine ABS-CBN news correspondent and McLuhan Award for Investigative Journalism Christian Esguerra. Date & Time: Tuesday, November 8, 2022 – 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EST Location: Rogers Communications Centre (The Venn, RCC 103) 80 Gould Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2M7 About this event Join the School of Journalism at Toronto […]



EMPIRE AND COMMUNICATIONS By Harold A. Innis Edited by William J. Buxton Introduction by William J. Buxton Originally published in 1950, Harold A. Innis’s Empire and Communications is considered to be one of the classic works in media studies, yet its origins have received little attention. Ambitious in its scope, the book spans five millennia, tracing a path of […]