Archive for the ‘Commentary’ Category

“The electric light escapes attention as a communication medium just because it has no ‘content.’ And this makes it an invaluable instance of how people fail to study media at all. For it is not till the electric light is used to spell out some brand name that it is noticed as a medium. Then […]


Howard Luck Gossage (1917 – 1969) “People don’t read ads. They read what interests them. Sometimes that’s an ad.” — Howard Luck Gossage Marshall McLuhan in San Francisco 1965 Here is SF Chronicle columnist Herb Caen’s August 12, 1965 account of Professor Marshall McLuhan’s San Francisco visit where a McLuhan festival was taking place. I went to […]


ABS-CBN Integrated News and Current Affairs’ Jeff Canoy with Canada Ambassador H.E. John AHolmes. ABS-CBN Broadcaster Named 2018 Marshall McLuhan Fellow JEFF CANOY of television network ABS-CBN’s Integrated News and Current Affairs is the 2018 Marshall McLuhan Fellow. He received a glass trophy from the Embassy of Canada’s Ambassador to the Philippines John Holmes in a presentation […]


               Marshall McLuhan’s library at U of T holds 6,000 publications, mostly books (photo by Romi Levine) (Click on image to expand view)  Second UNESCO Memory of The World designation for U of T, fifth overall for Canada University of Toronto professor and famed media theorist Marshall McLuhan’s legacy continues […]


Produced by the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) –  Published on Aug 16, 2018   From 2014-2017, the ROM acquired over 700 works of art—paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, fabrics, film—from the archive of Panchal Mansaram (b. 1934), one of the few artists of the South Asian diaspora whose career in Canada stretches over 50 years. This video […]


The cover and first page of the July 3, 1965, Macleans Magazine that contains the”High Priest” article below. This lengthy article from the July 3, 1965 issue of Macleans Magazine discusses Marshall McLuhan near or at his peak of fame and influence during the 1960s. His two most important books, The Gutenberg Galaxy (1962) and […]


Hans Ulrich Obrist, Douglas Coupland and Shumon Basar discuss tomorrow via the spreads from their radical artist’s book, Age Of Earthquakes April 6, 2015 “We see this as a kind of DIY manual.” Hans Ulrich Obrist, Serpentine co-director, and arguably his generations finest curator, is very excited. He’s describing his new book, a radical updating of […]


The University of Michigan iSchool – North Quad This is an excerpt from a letter dated July 19, 2018, addressed to Michael McLuhan and signed by the University of Michigan’s Provost and Dean of the iSchool. The H. Marshall McLuhan Collegiate Professorship in Digital Media, School of Information H. Marshall McLuhan periodically visited the University […]


Marshall McLuhan was a Catholic, having converted from the Baptist and Methodist faiths of his parents in 1937 at the age of 26. But is his body of work on media theory essentially Catholic in its scope and substance? Partially it certainly is. In his late teens and 20s he was influenced by Thomist philosophy […]


This is a non-scholarly journalistic look back at Marshall McLuhan’s The Gutenberg Galaxy: The Making of Typographic Man. It is mostly an appreciation but it also includes some cutting comments about McLuhan’s “obscure” writing style and criticism of McLuhan’s “matrix” structure for the book. He should have read the page that is untitled and unpaginated that precedes […]