Archive for the ‘Commentary’ Category


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 […]



Click on image for expanded view Edmund “Ted” Carpenter, an anthropologist, was a colleague of Marshall McLuhan’s at the University of Toronto in the 1950s, and a lifelong friend. McLuhan immediately recognized a fellow “intellectual thug” when he met Carpenter in 1948. Both cultivated reputations as academic iconoclasts. In his biography of McLuhan, The Medium […]



The short-lived but influential magazine overseen by Edmund Carpenter & Marshall McLuhan. By Kevin Plummer In the 1950s, anthropologist Edmund Carpenter, English professor Marshall McLuhan, and others were at the centre of an innovative working group at the University of Toronto investigating modes and media of communication from a variety of academic perspectives. The establishment […]



Sept. 20, 1976 issue (Vol. 6, No. 12) If the Media Didn’t Get Marshall McLuhan’s Message in the ’60s, Another Is on the Way By Barbara Rowes At 4 a.m. Herbert Marshall McLuhan, hip prophet of the ’60s for whom “the medium was the message,” awakens in his Toronto bedroom and slips into an ancient […]



By Andrew McLuhan I like to focus on what’s practical today from McLuhan’s work, but that said, history is important and it can be instructive and useful to know where things come from. It can also be interesting, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Some years ago, when I undertook the inventory and evaluation of […]



Marshall McLuhan at Cambridge University By Colin Marshall So many of us use Facebook every day, but how many of us know that its enormous presence in our lives owes, in part, to modern philosophy? “In the course of his studies at Stanford,” writes John Lanchester in a recent London Review of Books piece of Facebook, Silicon Valley billionaire […]



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 […]



Media theorist Marshall McLuhan’s work best explains how the world changed in the 2010s—and what we can expect in the decade ahead. By Zach Weissmueller What did the 2010s add up to? I spent the decade at Reason creating videos about the democratization of everything and the declining power of society’s gatekeepers. “Everything that we prize in […]



Rossana Deerchild awarded the 2019 Medium and the Light Award by Howard Engel  By Howard R. Engel  The recipient of the eighth Medium and the Light Award, in recognition of the ecumenical dimensions of the life and work of Marshall McLuhan, was presented on Thursday, November 28 in Winnipeg, Manitoba as an integral part of […]