Archive for the ‘Literacy’ Category

The Mind on Paper: Reading, Consciousness and Rationality David R. Olson, Professor Emeritus, OISE, University of Toronto Author Information: https://goo.gl/ZvBghq Planned Publication: November 2016   –   Not yet published   –   Hardback   –   ISBN: 9781107162891 Although the importance of literacy is widely acknowledged in society and remains at the top of the political agenda, […]


From YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAwwVPLKYc8 An Analysis of Marshall McLuhan’s “Five Sovereign Fingers Taxed the Breath” (1955) By Donald F. Theall From Prelude to The Virtual Marshall McLuhan by Donald F. Theall, Montreal & Kingston, ON: McGill-Queen’s University Press (2001), 10-11.    An early example of how McLuhan actually developed his probes poetically is exemplified in a […]


This is a conference that McLuhanists and media ecologists, among others, would be interested in. *an image from Sean Kernan, Secret Books BABEL Conference: OFF THE BOOKS: Making, Breaking, Binding, Burning, Leaving, Gathering The BABEL Working Group is a non-hierarchical scholarly collective and para-institutional desiring-assemblage. BABEL’s chief commitment is the cultivation of a more mindful […]


St. John’s College, Cambridge University has announced the passing of Sir Jack Goody, whose studies of literacy and communication have influenced media ecologists such as Harold Innis, Eric Havelock, Marshall McLuhan, Walter Ong, and Elizabeth Eisenstein, as they focused on the development of writing systems, and later, printing; in this aspect of his scholarship at least, […]


On the eve of our Media Ecology Association convention in Toronto, here’s a timely NY Times Sunday Book Review piece addressing a fundamental media ecology concern……..Alex Has the Electronic Image Supplanted the Written Word? JUNE 17, 2014  Each week in Bookends, two writers take on questions about the world of books. Fifty years ago, Marshall […]


 Dr. David R. Olson David R. Olson (born in 1935) is one of the most eminent proponents of Literacy Theory and was a member of the Toronto school of communication, and at one time a director of McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology. Influenced by Jack Goody’s work, he studied with Jerome Bruner, and has been particulary interested, […]


Lewis Lapham This originally appeared on TomDispatch. I speak Spanish to God, Italian to women, French to men, and German to my horse.  – Emperor Charles V But in which language does one speak to a machine, and what can be expected by way of response? The questions arise from the accelerating data-streams out of which […]


 The original University of Toronto Press cover Last year was the 50th anniversary of the publication of Marshall McLuhan’s second most important book. Blogger David Barker offers some interesting thoughts on McLuhan’s ”The Gutenberg Galaxy”.  The latest cover This is the 14th installment of my January Book Project, an unexpected deviation from my reading list. The Gutenberg Galaxy is remarkable as […]


The McLuhan Legacy Network is a collaborator in & supporter of Media Literacy Week in Canada, November 5 – 9. Preparations are in full swing for Canada’s 7th annual Media Literacy Week, November 5-9. Join lead partners MediaSmarts (formerly Media Awareness Network) and Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) in recognizing the importance of digital and media literacy […]


  Nicholas G. Carr :       McLuhan pointed out the initial content of a new medium is the old medium  it replaces, and we seem to be in that phase with ebooks—the content of today’s ebooks is print books. What that also means is that we don’t yet know what an ebook really is, because it […]