Archive for the ‘Commentary’ Category

How books irrevocably changed culture, according to media philosopher Marshall McLuhan Explore McLuhan’s theory on print culture and its influential hold over civilization. By Mike Colarossi   –   December 5, 2018 Marshall McLuhan said the advent of printed books gave way to print culture, of which he believed went on to shape and mold Western culture’s […]


 Iain Baxter& (b. 1936) Iain Baxter& &Information – That famous aphorism ‘the medium is the message’ was spouted by Marshall McLuhan, the Canadian professor, philosopher and public intellectual back 1964, when his book, Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man, set the stage for my current train journey where I overhear the students discussing their A […]


The Hudson’s Bay Company crest includes four beavers and the Latin Pro Pelle Cutem, which translates to “skin for leather.” By Virginia Heffernan  a WIRED contributor HAVING GNAWED THEIR way across the Bering Land Bridge with their iron-glazed teeth, beavers by the tens of millions straight-up built North America. They worked like rodent Romans, subjugating the deciduous forests with formidable infrastructure: […]


R.H. Thompson as Marshall McLuhan in The Message, at the Tarragon Theatre, Toronto (Photo by Cylla Von Teidemann) Click on the image for an expanded view. Title: The Message Written by: Jason Sherman Genre: Comedy-Drama Director: Richard Rose Actors: R.H. Thomson, Courtney Ch’ng Lancaster, Sarah Orenstein, Peter Hutt, Patrick McManus Company: Tarragon Theatre Venue: Tarragon Theatre Mainspace City: Toronto Year: Runs until Dec. 16 […]


R.H. Thomson performs the role of Marshall McLuhan during his time of decline & aphasia I attended a pre-opening performance of The Message last week. I was not impressed by either the play or production I witnessed, indeed I was disappointed. I know R.H. Thomson to be a highly regarded and skilled actor, but he […]


ABS-CBN Integrated News and Current Affairs’ Jeff Canoy with Canada Ambassador H.E. John AHolmes. Reporting from the Margins: The role of journalism in covering crises and conflict situations Join us on Thursday November 15th, 6:00 PM at the Basilian Common Room, Brennan Hall (2nd floor, east side entrance) [map] at St. Michael’s College (81 St Mary Street, Toronto). Jeff Canoy, […]


Hugh Kenner (1923-2003) By Michael Dirda, Critic, October 10, 2018 “Questioning Minds: The Letters of Guy Davenport and Hugh Kenner” has been for me, and will be for many others, the most intellectually exhilarating work published in 2018. In roughly 1,000 letters, mainly from the 1960s and ’70s, two of the great literary polymaths of the second […]


“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 […]