Archive for the ‘Commentary’ Category

Marshall McLuhan is still the most penetrating Christian humanist to grasp that technology has forced us to rediscover how humans can use it to advance our species and preserve its humanity.  By James Poulos , January 3, 2017 It’s time—again—for a resurgence of interest in Marshall McLuhan. After a posthumous revival in the 1970s and ‘80s, McLuhan […]


MyToba.ca, the Manitoba news and information service, published the following comments and a short video of Marshall McLuhan on the last day of 2016. His predictions relate to space exploration, a personalized information service not unlike a combination of Google plus Wikipedia, the unharmonious global village with its loss of secrecy, racial conflict, media as extensions of […]


Saturday Review Cover – March 18, 1967 By Jefferson Pooley WHEN MARSHALL MCLUHAN published Understanding Media in 1964, the Cambridge-trained literary scholar was not well known, even inside the academy. By 1967, he was on the covers of Newsweek and the Saturday Review, and the subject of an hourlong NBC documentary, all in the same month. […]


KIRKUS REVIEW of the book, published by Holt, Rinehart & Winston of Canada in 1972 (April 2, 1973) – Carpenter, a one-time Marshall McLuhan associate (the two jointly edited Explorations in Communications, 1960), explores the impact of media, both visual and acoustic, on preliterate peoples — Eskimos and New Guinea tribesmen being among those to […]


November 23, 2016 –  By Venkatesh Rao The weaponized form of McLuhan’s famous phrase the medium is the message is the phrase, first we shape our tools, then our tools shape us (due to to McLuhan’s friend John Culkin). I have come to prefer this form of the idea, and my favorite motif for it is Doc Ock, […]


 Picasso & Chagall The Artist as Distant Early Warning System (2005) When multimedia artist Laurie Anderson performed recently in Vancouver, she mused how life is often like bad art. Characters come and go and never return. The plot changes randomly. Entire themes are abandoned halfway through. Unlike art, life’s point of view is always first […]


Marshall McLuhan famously dictated much of his “writings” — his literacy began in orality — an irony that was part of his message about the new media. He would lie on a couch in his office and channel some oracle from the future while his students scribbled down his announcements. For this reason, no one […]


By Phil A. Rose, McMaster University HAROLD INNIS’S HISTORY OF COMMUNICATIONS: PAPER & PRINTING — ANTIQUITY TO EARLY MODERNITY. Edited by William J. Buxton, Michael R. Cheney, & Paul Heyer. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015. 185 pp. ISBN: 9781442243385. With their recently published version of Harold Innis’s History of Communications: Paper and Printing — […]


Marshall McLuhan’s legendary status confirmed with exhibition By Michael Swan, The Catholic Register, October 23, 2016 When Marshall McLuhan died New Year’s Eve 1980, the University of Toronto lost a man they found slightly embarrassing. In the view of university administrators, McLuhan’s Monday night seminars on culture, technology and media had become more cult than curriculum. […]


McLuhan on Campus: Local Inspirations, Global Visions Exhibition Runs from October 13 at 7:00 pm until December 20 at 7:00 pm Location: The Kelly Library, St. Michael’s College, 113 St. Joseph Street, University of Toronto Website: https://stmikes.utoronto.ca/kelly/ Explore the development of Marshall McLuhan’s theories in the context of his academic and personal life at the University of St. […]