Archive for the ‘Internet’ Category

“People don’t actually read newspapers. They step into them every morning like a hot bath.” — Marshall McLuhan   Marshall McLuhan reading newspaper (1972) – Apropos Lou Forsdale visit to Marshall McLuhan for taping piece for Electric Media volume for High Schools (Harcourt Brace) By Peter Feuerherd, professor of journalism at St. John’s University in […]


Prose Percepts, Lyric Responses by B.W. Powe, in collaboration with Marshall Soules, on NEW MEDIA, EMPATHY, IDENTITY, REFUGEES, NATIONALISM, THE DONALD TRUMP PHENOMENON, JUSTIN TRUDEAU, A-LITERACY, THE WILD INTERNET, PARANOIA, POETRY AND INTIMACY, BOB DYLAN, PATTI SMITH… Street Art Photos by Marshall Soules We´re experiencing the charge in the global membrane… By this I mean immersion […]


Primo Conti, Profughe alla stazione (Refugees at the Station) By Patrick Roesle While McLuhan was the person who coined the term “global village” to characterize of our new wired world, today we often load the phrase with idyllic or utopian connotations that McLuhan did not intend. Quite the contrary. During a 1977 interview on TV […]


Monday, 16 May, 6 PM – Special Event: Canadian Content in a Digital World Richard Stursberg will moderate a group of thinkers (Don McLean, Peter Grant, Ramona Pringle, Tessa Sproule) in response to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Meanie Joly, asking for comments on the future of media and Canadian Content in a digital world. “Canada’s cultural and creative […]


Logan, Robert K. / McLuhan, Marshall The Future of the Library: From Electric Media to Digital Media Series: Understanding Media Ecology – Volume 3;  Year of Publication: 2016 PETER LANG: New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2016. XVI, 238 pp., num. b/w ill. ISBN 978-1-4331-3264-3 pb.  (Softcover) –  See http://goo.gl/nD7WKZ Book synopsis Originally […]


Paul Levinson, whose writings on Marshall McLuhan’s ideas have frequently been re-published on this blog, continues to be influenced by the Canadian media prophet and to apply McLuhan’s insights and percepts to the contemporary media ecology. Recently he enlisted McLuhan to comment on a rare New York Times editorial about the need for gun control […]


This essay can be considered a new chapter in my book Digital McLuhan, published in 1999, or before the advent of Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and the social media of our age. Marshall McLuhan’s ideas, including hot and cool, the medium is the message, and the tetrad, are applied to help us understand selfies, tweeting, iconic […]


By Greg Satell Successful people solve problems.  Look at any great fortune, whether it be Carnegie, Ford or Gates and you find that the source of their vast accomplishment was a problem solved.  Even more prosaic executives spend most of their time solving one problem or another, with greater or lesser skill. The difference, of […]


March 4th, 2015 – In a word: yes. But then, everything we do has always changed us, thanks to the property of the brain we now call “plasticity.” This we learn from the video,“Rewiring the Brain” (second video below), which, balancing its heartening neuroscientific evidence with the proverbial old dog’s ability to learn new tricks, also tells of the “attention disorders, […]


transmediale Partner Exhibition Opening: Slogans for the Early 21st Century by Douglas Coupland I posted the 2015 Marshall McLuhan Lecture by David Orrell about a month ago, 8 or 9 postings below this one. But Douglas Coupland’s 2014 Lecture Titled Space Junk was only uploaded to YouTube in January of this year. Here it is, […]