Archive for the ‘Media Ecology’ Category

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 […]


Superman, Supergirl & Krypto (Art by Curt Swan, 1962) McLuhan’s Cool Comics by Guy Leshinski   –   Sept. 28, 2005 In his first book, 1951’s The Mechanical Bride, McLuhan reproached the Man of Steel, calling Superman’s crime-fighting tactics “the strong-arm totalitarian methods of the immature and barbaric mind.” He was more favourable a few years later when surveying the medium […]


The following is from an essay by a former student of Ong, Dr. Thomas J. Farrell, as an introduction to Ong’s thought and body of scholarship by way of prefacing this last book of his former teacher. Follow this link read Dr. Farrell’s whole essay  https://goo.gl/FBC7sZ. Ong’s incomplete sixth book-length study has now been posthumously […]


Marshall McLuhan & Walter Ong seated to his left By Nick Ripatrazone   –   Dec. 27. 2017 “I make probes,” wrote Marshall McLuhan. “I don’t explain—I explore.” In 1967 he published The Medium Is the Massage, an eccentric journey into how our senses experience electric media. That same year, Walter Ong, S.J.—whose graduate thesis adviser happened to be […]


The December 1968 Edition of Playboy Magazine that contains Marshall McLuhan’s essay, Include Me Out: The Reversal of the Overheated Image   Most people who have an interest in Marshall McLuhan are aware of the 1969 Interview of McLuhan published by Playboy Magazine, but they might not know about the December 1968 essay Include Me Out: The […]


MARSHALL MCLUHAN AND THE ARTS “The artist tends now to move from the ivory tower to the control tower of society”. —Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Media (1964) Editors | Adam Lauder and Jaqueline McLeod Rogers This special issue exploring “Marshall McLuhan and the arts” encourages new approaches to the study of McLuhan’s influential theses on perception, […]


   This unique website that is dedicated to Marshall McLuhan’s best-selling book is comprised of 6 sections:- 1. The Lecture, which offers an audio capture of Marshall McLuhan’s lecture as delivered on May 7, 1966, at The Poetry Center of the 92nd Street YM-YWHA for the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts. McLuhan titled his lecture […]


A media creature through and through, Paglia has been cavorting in the limelight of network TV and sold-out lectures ever since her 1991 book, Sexual Personae (the first of two volumes), poked the eye of both conservatives and liberals. Intrigued by Paglia’s intellectual resemblance to Marshall McLuhan – patron saint of Wired magazine – Stewart […]


Most readers who are interested in Marshall McLuhan own a copy of his most important book Understanding Media (1964) in one of its several editions, either in hardcover or paperback. So they probably feel that they don’t need another edition. However, I recommend the Critical Edition, edited by Terry Gordon, for its additional features which […]


Harley Parker, Ted Carpenter, Marshall McLuhan, John Culkin, SJ (Click on image for enlarged view) McLuhan in New York, sponsored by Fordham University and St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto at Fordham University, 13 October 2017 From Fall 1967 to Spring 1968, Canadian media theorist Marshall McLuhan spent one academic year in New York City […]