Archive for the ‘Commentary’ Category

The Medium Is the Message Broadcast on BBC Radio 4, January 20, 2018, 8PM (3 PM EST North America) Generation X author Douglas Coupland explores the ideas, sound, and vision of media seer Marshall McLuhan who in the 1960s coined the phrases “the medium is the message” and “the global village”. Marshall McLuhan was the first […]


Superman, Supergirl & Krypto (Art by Curt Swan, 1962) McLuhan’s Cool Comics by Guy Leshinski   –   Sept. 28, 2005 In his first book, 1951’s The Mechanical Bride, McLuhan reproached the Man of Steel, calling Superman’s crime-fighting tactics “the strong-arm totalitarian methods of the immature and barbaric mind.” He was more favourable a few years later when surveying the medium […]


Marshall McLuhan & Walter Ong seated to his left By Nick Ripatrazone   –   Dec. 27. 2017 “I make probes,” wrote Marshall McLuhan. “I don’t explain—I explore.” In 1967 he published The Medium Is the Massage, an eccentric journey into how our senses experience electric media. That same year, Walter Ong, S.J.—whose graduate thesis adviser happened to be […]


Blending light, sound, video projections, and movement, Wells Hill explores the prescient ideas of Marshall McLuhan and Glenn Gould. (Photo by David Cooper) In 1962, Canadian media theorist Marshall McLuhan effectively predicted the Internet. In The Gutenberg Galaxy, he wrote about an electronic age when technology would unite people in a “global village” where everyone had equal access […]


Action At a Distance: Wells Hill Nov. 24 & 25 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 26, 2017, at 2 p.m. | Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, SFU Gold Corp Centre for the Arts, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia According to Vanessa Goodman, a “weird Canadiana moment” inspired her latest work. The Vancouver-based choreographer grew up […]


A media creature through and through, Paglia has been cavorting in the limelight of network TV and sold-out lectures ever since her 1991 book, Sexual Personae (the first of two volumes), poked the eye of both conservatives and liberals. Intrigued by Paglia’s intellectual resemblance to Marshall McLuhan – patron saint of Wired magazine – Stewart […]


Most readers who are interested in Marshall McLuhan own a copy of his most important book Understanding Media (1964) in one of its several editions, either in hardcover or paperback. So they probably feel that they don’t need another edition. However, I recommend the Critical Edition, edited by Terry Gordon, for its additional features which […]


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 […]