Archive for the ‘Laws of Media’ Category


  The MediuM A Marshall McLuhan Board Game Inspired by legendary Canadian philosopher and innovative media thinker Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980), The MediuM is a gaming experience of Laws of Media. The New Science (1988), developed by Marshall McLuhan and his son Eric McLuhan (1942-2018). Also known as “McLuhans’ Tetrad”, the Laws of Media reveal the four constant rules […]



I’m pleased to announce a Feb. 24 Digital Synergies event to mark the 110th anniversary of the birth of Herbert Marshall McLuhan in Edmonton.   The event is open to all and registration information is at the bottom of this email.  Digital Synergies at the University of Alberta presents A Playful Mind: Marshall McLuhan’s Life, Legacy, […]



On a subway just about all passengers stare at their cellphones. By Doc Searls  –   Sep 13, 2019 “We shape our tools and then our tools shape us,” wrote Father John Culkin, SJ, a Professor of Communication at Fordham and a colleague of Marshall McLuhan, whose magnum opus was Understanding Media: the Extensions of Man. So: who — or what — […]



Marshall McLuhan and the author of this essay in the Valade Family Gallery at CCS (Photo: Matt Raupp). The Medium is (is not) the Message: Marshall McLuhan and His Legacy By Vince Carducci   –   March 30, 2019 On March 19, 2019, I gave a talk in the Valade Family Gallery on the campus of College […]



A young Eric McLuhan in front of a painting of his father in front of James Joyce A young Tom Wolfe Marshall McLuhan’s ABC In these TVO (TV Ontario) interviews, Canada’s foremost media academic Marshall McLuhan explains some of his more famous insights and aphorisms in key interviews with Mike McManus in 1977 and author […]



A Tetrad, illustration by Andrew McLuhan As the College Printer at the Kelly Library, at the University of St Michael’s College, UofT, I’m heading up a team finalizing preparations for the launch on Monday, January 21 of the Canadian Fine Press Exhibition. Five University libraries are participating in the exhibition, opening their doors to show […]



Dr. Eric McLuhan, Portrait by Michael McLuhan Eric McLuhan (1942 – 2018) passed away suddenly on Thursday, May 17, after losing consciousness in his hotel room in Bogota, Columbia after an academic visit to the Universidad de la Sabana in Chía, 7 km north of Bogota. He had been invited to deliver the inaugural lecture for […]



Paolo Granata top centre & media scholar Andrey Miroshnichenko opposite him with 2 students The Medium A Marshal McLuhan Board Game The Medium is a board game inspired by Marshall McLuhan, a thought-provoking game and teaching aid that encourages us to become aware of the media environment. It stimulates players to escape the maelstrom by recognizing the […]



Media and Formal Cause (2011) by Marshall McLuhan & Eric McLuhan by Mark Stahlman, President, Center for the Study of Digital Life, with Deborah Newman, Doc Searls, Peter Berkman, Ben Stolz, Jeff Martineau, Scott Talkington, Adam Pugen, and Tom Lipscomb     –     May 1, 2017 McLuhan 101 What many miss about McLuhan is that […]



Elisha Otis free-fall safety demonstration in 1853 Posted to the MEA listserv on March 23, 2017 by Robert Logan:- “Here is an item that appeared in this morning’s Toronto Globe and Mail newspaper in Canada:  ‘MOMENT IN TIME The first elevator installed March 23, 1857: Like most entrepreneurial inventors, Elisha Otis was a bit of […]