Archive for the ‘Internet’ Category


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 […]



Four Visionaries 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 […]



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, […]



Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ (1881 – 1955) Marshall McLuhan acknowledged Teilhard de Chardin as follows in The Gutenberg Galaxy (1962):- “… since our new electric culture provides our lives again with a tribal base. There is available the lyrical testimony of a very Romantic biologist, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, in his Phenomenon of Man (p.240): ‘Now, to […]



An excerpt from – Wikipedia & The Death Of The Expert by Maria Bustillos   –   May 17, 2011 “Learners are doers, not recipients.”—Walter J. Ong, “McLuhan as Teacher: The Future Is a Thing of the Past” Bob Stein, founder and co-director of the Institute for the Future of the Book (and co-founder, in 1984, of […]



“World War III is a guerrilla information war with no division between military and civilian participation.” – Marshall McLuhan (1970), Culture is Our Business, p. 66. The Digital Arms Race: NSA Preps America for Future Battle By Jacob Appelbaum, Aaron Gibson, Claudio Guarnieri, Andy Müller-Maguhn, Laura Poitras, Marcel Rosenbach, Leif Ryge, Hilmar Schmundt and Michael Sontheimer Normally, […]



What is Technoculture? The online academic journal Technoculture defines its title as “the ways in which technology impacts this (or any) society” ( http://tcjournal.org/drupal/about ) and Wikipedia expands the definition, explaining the term as “a neologism that is not in standard dictionaries but that has some popularity in academia, popularized by editors Constance Penley and Andrew Ross […]



This longish critical essay by Drew Reed is about both TV & the Internet. The author is right. McLuhan said that obsolesced media are re-purposed and become art forms, as for example TV obsolesced movies and legitimized them as art, and movies did the same to theatre. Now the Internet is doing that to TV, […]