Archive for the ‘Commentary’ Category


For several years I have followed the work of Douglas Coupland because he exemplifies for me the kind of artist McLuhan wrote about who has “integral awareness” because he “grasps the implications of his actions and of new knowledge in his own time” (Understanding Media, p. 65). Therefore any new book involving him, whether collaborated […]



Established in 1997 between the McLuhan Program at the University of Toronto and the Embassy of Canada in the Philippines, the Marshall McLuhan Fellowship has been awarded yearly to a recipient embodying outstanding qualities in the field of investigative journalism. Canadian embassy’s political & public affairs counselor Warren Mucci with Patricia Evangelista who was awarded […]



Media Health is a group of researchers in Montreal who “study the health applications and implications of information and communication technologies.” One of their major projects looks at “Screens and Stress,” the purpose of which they explain thus: Screens can stress us by their physical properties or by their content . Screens can also de-stress […]



From Porter, A. (1969). Cybernetics simplified. Barnes & Noble Inc. pp. v-vi Foreward This is a much needed book. It helps to build a bridge between The Two Cultures whose separation plagues C.P. Snow and many others. The very word “cybernetics” is a useful clue to the central meaning of the electronic revolution. The speed-up […]



2 tetrads and 7 pages of notes on the effects of COVID-19 by Andrew McLuhan Andrew McLuhan wisely describes humanity’s struggle against COVID-19 as a World War because he knows how his grandfather described World War III: “World War I a railway war of centralization and encirclement. World War II a radio war of decentralization […]



A young Moses Znaimer By Dom Serafini Moishe (Moses) Znaimer is a media entrepreneur, media executive, media innovator, TV host, producer, content distributor, actor, TV historian, TV museum curator, TV philosopher, and prophet, who has been influencing and polarizing Canadian society since 1965, when he received a master’s degree in politics from Harvard University. But […]



Camille Paglia This is another one of the interviews resurrected or rather, in Tetrad terms, Retrieved from the Understanding McLuhan interactive CD-ROM from Voyager Interactive (1996) [see https://tinyurl.com/uodqk9k] which can no longer be watched via the browsers of today and thus has vanished from accessibility. Thanks for your excellent recovery work, Clinton.   Q: Could you tell us […]



This 9-page article is the best account of Ted Carpenter’s life and career that I’ve come across. Please follow the link at the bottom to read the whole thing. There is a bibliography at the end. By Ellen Harold Multifaceted anthropologist Edmund (“Ted”) Snow Carpenter is an ethnologist, archaeologist, filmmaker, and communications theorist. An authority […]



The Original Explorations Journal of Ted Carpenter & Marshall McLuhan (1953 – 1957) The launch is planned for the first week of March. I will post an announcement when it is online. By Bob Logan The New Explorations: Studies in Culture and Communication project and journal is inspired by the journal Explorations: Studies in Culture […]



Neil Postman This is another one of the interviews resurrected or rather, in Tetrad terms, Retrieved from the Understanding McLuhan interactive CD-ROM from Voyager Interactive (1996) [see https://tinyurl.com/uodqk9k%5D which can no longer be watched and read on the PCs of today by Clinton Ignatov, a self-described computer “geek”. He used a Windows 3.1 Virtual Machine […]