Archive for the ‘Media Ecology’ Category

By Nicholas Carr   –   April 21, 2017 Nicholas Carr is the author of “Utopia Is Creepy,” “The Shallows,” and other books.  See http://www.nicholascarr.com/ WELCOME TO the global village. It’s a nasty place. On Easter Sunday, a man in Cleveland filmed himself murdering a random 74-year-old and posted the video on Facebook. The social network took the […]


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 […]


Neil Andersen and Carol Arcus of the [Toronto-based] Association for Media Literacy are proud to have been the guest editors of the Agency issue of The Journal of Media Literacy. We chose Agency as the issue’s theme because there is ongoing debate over how users can exercise agency within environments comprised of big data, multinational […]


  “The true masterwork of Marshall McLuhan.” —Douglas Rushkoff Marshall McLuhan was the visionary theorist best known for coining the phrase “The medium is the message.” His work prefigures and underlies the themes of writers and artists as disparate and essential as Andy Warhol, Nam June Paik, Neil Postman, Seth Godin, Barbara Kruger, and Douglas […]


In the age of Trump, McLuhan’s 50-year-old ideas seem prophetic. Here’s a primer. Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980) was a Canadian academic whose work on electronic media in the 60s has come to resonate in the digital age. This video is narrated by Alex Chow, one of the leaders of the 2014 Hong Kong Umbrella movement whose mass street […]


Marshall McLuhan as Educationist Few media or education scholars or the general public will have viewed this National Film Board of Canada 58-minute film that features Marshall McLuhan and cognitive psychologist Jerome Bruner. It has only recently been converted from its 16 mm film format to digital format and made available on the Internet. Jerome Bruner […]


The Communications Revolution (1960) is a panel discussion between Marshall McLuhan and two other academics, Edgar Dale and Keith Tyler, and cultural critic Gilbert Seldes, who chaired the panel.  The event took place at the third annual  Conference on the Humanities on October 28-29, 1960 at Ohio State University. The general theme of the conference was […]


“The essential guide to how media shape our lives. By the creator of the most talked about political ad in television history.” The Responsive Chord outlines the way our ways of thinking and communicating have been shaped for centuries by written language and by the difficulty of transmitting information over long distances… and how those habits […]


Edited by Corey Anton and Robert K. Logan and Lance Strate This book brings together a number of prominent scholars to explore a relatively under-studied area of Marshall McLuhan’s thought: his idea of formal cause and the role that formal cause plays in the emergence of new technologies and in structuring societal relations. Aiming to open a new way of understanding McLuhan’s thought in […]


The forthcoming publication of Remediating McLuhan by Richard Cavell was announced on this blog on October 3, 2016. See https://goo.gl/mH8xhl . From Richard Cavell’s Introduction (pp. 9-12): The McLuhan remediated in the following pages is the one who had become a cliché when Donald Theall wrote these words that presaged what eventually became a twenty-year decline in McLuhan’s […]