Archive for the ‘Films’ Category

Published by Springer Nature Switzerland AG Applies the theories of Marshall McLuhan to science fiction studies, which have yet to be considered from this perspective Provides concrete examples of how McLuhan’s theories find their reflection in the aesthetics of classic and new science fiction films, demonstrating that many of his observations can be practically employed […]


Black Mirror: Bandersnatch is a 2018 interactive film in the science fiction anthology series Black Mirror. It was written by series creator Charlie Brooker and directed by David Slade. Netflix released the standalone film on 28 December 2018. In Bandersnatch, viewers make decisions for the main character, the young programmer Stefan Butler (Fionn Whitehead) who is adapting a fantasy choose-your-own-adventure novel into a video game in 1984. See […]


Anthony Breznican   –   April 5, 2017 He was the original Mansplainer, one who believed his insights had “well, a great deal of validity.” The unnamed blowhard in 1977’s Annie Hall prattles on so endlessly about director Federico Fellini and media philosopher Marshall McLuhan that Woody Allen can barely focus on his own squabble with Diane […]


Marshall McLuhan as Educationist Few media or education scholars or the general public will have viewed this National Film Board of Canada 58-minute film that features Marshall McLuhan and cognitive psychologist Jerome Bruner. It has only recently been converted from its 16 mm film format to digital format and made available on the Internet. Jerome Bruner […]


Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 7:00 PM Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF),  Reitman Square: 350 King Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 3X5         Prior to TIFF’s Canada on Screen presentation of David Cronenberg’s Videodrome (1983), visual artist Catherine Richards and film and media scholar Alanna Thain join moderator Dr. Janine Marchessault for an […]


Culture & Technology in the 1960s Decade The Sixties are especially significant in the kind of art-media-cultural developments we are cataloging here in this timeline. Essentially because during the 1960s, we began to develop most of the technologies that underpin our 21st century media-space. And it was the American Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) that […]


Jane Jacobs, who wrote The Death and Life of Great American Cities, would have turned 100 today (The above image is Google’s search screen for May 4, 2016) ***** The following posting was made on this blog on March 4, 2015 and is being republished here today on the occasion of Jane Jacob’s 100th birthday […]


PEOPLE ARE THE TERRITORY – How do we overcome the boundaries? MONDAY, 2 MAY, 2016, 6:00 – 8:00 PM With Shauna Brail, Atom Egoyan, Khalil Z. Shariff SHAUNA BRAIL is an Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, at the University of Toronto Studies Program and a Research Associate in the Innovation Policy Lab at the Munk School […]


BREAKDOWN AS BREAKTHROUGH – Does the Imagination Have Ethics? MONDAY, 25 APRIL, 2016, 6:00 – 8:00 PM With Martin Arnold, Julia Moulden, Diane Blake  MARTIN ARNOLD is a musician based in Toronto. His notated compositions are performed nationally and internationally. Martin is also an active member of Toronto’s improvisation and experimental jazz/roots/rock communities performing on live electronics, banjo, melodica, and guitar. Martin lectures in Cultural Studies […]


The above was quoted in “Marshall McLuhan, Author, Dies; Declared ‘Medium Is the Message’” by Alden Whitman, The New York Times, January 1, 1981 In an article titled “Canadian TV is a place of squalor and neglect”, Toronto Globe & Mail TV critic John Doyle laments the current sad state of Canadian television thus:- “I’m surprised […]