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The internet age has done a hell of a job burnishing the reputation of Marshall McLuhan. After all, the famously cerebral Toronto media theorist more or less foretold the world wide web back in 1978, when he said that “a computer as a research and communication instrument could enhance retrieval, obsolesce mass library organization, retrieve […]



Nora Young Official CBC photo The Medium and the Light Award for 2021 The recipient of the tenth Medium and the Light Award, in recognition of the ecumenical dimensions of the life and work of Marshall McLuhan, was presented on Sunday, July 11 online as an integral part of the 22nd Media Ecology Association (MEA) […]



The title, which has also been turned into a Dubai exhibition, outlines the effects of the web and social media on our identities and societies. By Alexandra Chaves   –   July 2, 2021 On the internet, you can live for ever. The data you’ve created – the agglomeration of every click, like, bookmark and share – […]



Maelstrom Digital Art by Vincent Autenrieb “For McLuhan, the future could be either cataclysmic or transcendent”… The Canadian professor, philosopher and oracle of 1960s counterculture foresaw humanity’s ‘march backwards into the future’ as we are consumed by our digital landscapes By Mike Hodgkinson – 23 January, 2021 For much of 2020, as the coronavirus pandemic […]



By Michael Cuenco   –   April 17, 2021 On January 6, a mob stormed the U.S. Capitol. Among the most indelible images of that day was of a bare-chested man with bison horns, face paint, and a smattering of strange primal tattoos taking over the Speaker’s podium. Against the classical backdrop, some commentators noted that there […]



Publication Due on June 15, 2021 By Alex Kitnick, PhD Marshall McLuhan (1911–1980) is best known as a media theorist—many consider him the founder of media studies—but he was also an important theorist of art. Though a near-household name for decades due to magazine interviews and TV specials, McLuhan remains an underappreciated yet fascinating figure in art […]



R.H. Thompson as Marshall McLuhan in The Message, at the Tarragon Theatre, Toronto (Photo by Cylla Von Teidemann) Click on the image for an expanded view. When it comes to Canadians who have shaped global culture, there are few peers to Marshall McLuhan. The visionary writer coined the phrases “global village” and “the medium is […]



John McHale (Sr.) with Self-Portrait (Photo: Sam Lambert) Abstract  Over the course of the 1950s, the Scottish writer and artist John McHale (1922 – 1978) was committed to exploring the effects of fine art, advertising, and new media on the human experience. He was a prominent member of the Independent Group (IG), which met at the […]



100 Years Later: The McLuhan Program That Could By Carly Conway One hundred years ago today [July 21, 2011] one of Canada’s most iconic and controversial academics was born. More than 30 years after his death, Marshall McLuhan is still credited with changing the face of communication studies — even if many have dismissed his […]



McLuhan & Composed Theater Dr. Richard Cavell is a media theorist and Professor of English at The University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. His work has often examined the ideas of his mentor Marshall McLuhan – the influential Canadian philosopher and media theorist – but from a unique stand point, by considering him as […]