Archive for the ‘Internet’ Category

For Media Literacy Week Is fake news really the problem?  While the term appears in the headlines and on the lips of everyday internet users, is ‘fake news’ really the problem? Or are we facing something much more complex? Mark Surman, Executive Director of the Mozilla Foundation, takes us on a winding journey through misinformation, […]


Hans Ulrich Obrist, Douglas Coupland and Shumon Basar discuss tomorrow via the spreads from their radical artist’s book, Age Of Earthquakes April 6, 2015 “We see this as a kind of DIY manual.” Hans Ulrich Obrist, Serpentine co-director, and arguably his generations finest curator, is very excited. He’s describing his new book, a radical updating of […]


(Click on the above box or any image for an expanded view) AUTHORS Julia M. Hildebrand (Drexel University) and Barry Vacker (Temple University) 1. INTRODUCTION Anthropocene — Mediacene. Layers of fossils — Layers of media technology. Ways of living — Ways of seeing. If we are in the Anthropocene, then how can we not be in the Mediacene? […]


Location: MSD – Münster School of Design, Leonardo-Campus 6 – Münster, Germany Events MSD – Münster School of Design Date/Time:  30. November – 01. December/All Day Keynote Speakers: Derrick de Kerckhove, Lars Elleström, Eric McLuhan and Göran Sonesson In the era of the so-called digitalization, a variety of multimodal technologies have a great impact on the structural […]


The Medium Is the Message Broadcast on BBC Radio 4, January 20, 2018, 8PM (3 PM EST North America) Generation X author Douglas Coupland explores the ideas, sound, and vision of media seer Marshall McLuhan who in the 1960s coined the phrases “the medium is the message” and “the global village”. Marshall McLuhan was the first […]


By Cait Etherington  –  July 21, 2017  McLuhan Despised Traditional Education “To expect a ‘turned on’ child of the electric age to respond to the old education modes is rather like expecting an eagle to swim. It’s simply not within his environment, and therefore incomprehensible.” McLuhan was a writer and critic, but he was also […]


Into the Maelstrom: How the Hyperconnected Age is Tearing Us Apart By Jamie Stantonian   –   August 16, 2017 Writing during the twilight age of literature, maverick media theorist Marshall McLuhan devoted his life to the understanding of the global mass media and its effect on human behavior. He argued that by changing our sense […]


Marshall McLuhan Explains Why We’re Blind to How Technology Changes Us, Raising the Question: What Have the Internet & Social Media Done to Us? 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 […]


Photo illustration Ming Wong/The Globe & Mail (Click on image to enlarge) The Globe and Mail’s Mark Medley speaks with biographer Douglas Coupland on why the culture and communications guru’s theories continue to resonate in 2017 – perhaps more than ever In his 2010 biography of Marshall McLuhan, the visual artist and writer Douglas Coupland describes reading […]


“The electronic media haven’t wiped out the book: it’s read, used, and wanted, perhaps more than ever. But the role of the book has changed. It’s no longer alone. It no longer has sole charge of our outlook, nor of our sensibilities.” As familiar as those words may sound, they don’t come from one of […]