Archive for the ‘Commentary’ Category


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 […]



Museum für Kommunikation Frankfurt Watch the above video which is 1.5 hours in duration Q&A Online Video Session (in English) with – ANDREW McLUHAN and – BARUCH GOTTLIEB (curator “Global Warning”, lecturer, media artist) Andrew McLuhan is Director of The McLuhan Institute – an organization to preserve and promote McLuhan studies. He, recently emerging as […]



Me. You. Us. Them. by Douglas Coupland,Hans Ulrich Obrist,Shumon Basar 17 August 2020 Have you wondered why the inside of your head feels so strange these days? We think you’re morphing into something else. We call this “The Extreme Self.” What follows is a sample from our next book. It charts the transformations taking place in […]



On a subway just about all passengers stare at their cellphones. By Doc Searls  –   Sep 13, 2019 “We shape our tools and then our tools shape us,” wrote Father John Culkin, SJ, a Professor of Communication at Fordham and a colleague of Marshall McLuhan, whose magnum opus was Understanding Media: the Extensions of Man. So: who — or what — […]



By Publius Audax Controlling the center of The Center of Everything (“China” in English) makes Xi Jinping the most powerful person on Earth and the world leader of the Mussolini Movement. The danger to us all: Xi has lost his nerve. His panic is the biggest geopolitical crisis since WWII. Xi’s problem is the Information […]



Paperback editions of ‘Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man.’ (photo: Andrew McLuhan) By Andrew McLuhan Some excerpts from and comments on Marshall McLuhan’s introduction to the second edition of ‘Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man’ (1966) with some information about The McLuhan Institute (Ted (revised) from TMI FBMI).  Something you may not know about, and I […]



Panchal Mansaram March 4, 1934 –  December 6, 2020 We are deeply saddened that Panchal Mansaram passed on from this life on Sunday December 6, 2020 in Burlington, Ontario, at the age of 86 years old, almost one year after his beloved wife Tarunika. He had a strong internal light and quiet persistence that came from a […]



In anticipation of Bill Kuhns’ to-be-published huge compendium of McLuhan quotes in his McLuhan Marshalling Machine: A Dictionary of Quotations, where they will be categorized by the artifact or phenomenon they refer to, I have Bill’s permission to publish samples of original McLuhan quotes from his writings, lectures, and interviews, some of which will have never before […]