Archive for the ‘Media Ecology’ Category

Western thought patterns are highly abstract, compared with Eastern. There developed in the West, and only in the West, a group of innovations that constitute the basis of Western thought. These include (in addition to the alphabet) codified law, monotheism, abstract science, formal logic, and individualism. All of these innovations, including the alphabet, arose within the very narrow geographic zone between the […]


Click on the image for an enlarged view. A day of free communications and media programming. Featuring creative and scholarly presentations, film screenings, and a book launch. Primarily understood as a communication theorist and philosopher of media, Marshall McLuhan talked about the various technologies of communication, printing, film, photography, theatre, and dance. His predictions from […]


“The electric light escapes attention as a communication medium just because it has no ‘content.’ And this makes it an invaluable instance of how people fail to study media at all. For it is not till the electric light is used to spell out some brand name that it is noticed as a medium. Then […]


I first met Paul Heyer in 2004 at the Media Ecology Association’s annual convention at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He suggested that I apply to teach some courses in communication at Wilfrid Laurier University, which I did a few years later. While there I enjoyed talking to him about our common interests in Marshall […]


Produced by the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) –  Published on Aug 16, 2018   From 2014-2017, the ROM acquired over 700 works of art—paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, fabrics, film—from the archive of Panchal Mansaram (b. 1934), one of the few artists of the South Asian diaspora whose career in Canada stretches over 50 years. This video […]


The cover and first page of the July 3, 1965, Macleans Magazine that contains the”High Priest” article below. This lengthy article from the July 3, 1965 issue of Macleans Magazine discusses Marshall McLuhan near or at his peak of fame and influence during the 1960s. His two most important books, The Gutenberg Galaxy (1962) and […]


Hans Ulrich Obrist, Douglas Coupland and Shumon Basar discuss tomorrow via the spreads from their radical artist’s book, Age Of Earthquakes April 6, 2015 “We see this as a kind of DIY manual.” Hans Ulrich Obrist, Serpentine co-director, and arguably his generations finest curator, is very excited. He’s describing his new book, a radical updating of […]


Guest editors: Phil Rose (Canada), Varvara Chumakova (Russia) This year marks 50 years since the publication of Marshall McLuhan and Quentin Fiore’s book The Medium is the Massage: An Inventory of Effects (1967), which sought to popularize McLuhan’s central theses about the environmental changes that new media help to bring about. In Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man (1964), […]


Scott McLemee examines Susan Zieger’s The Mediated Mind: Affect, Ephemera, and Consumerism in the Nineteenth Century, which helps put into clear view the impact of mass media culture on the way we live now. By Scott McLemee   –  July 27, 2018 Among the first books about Marshall McLuhan was one called The Medium Is the Rear-View Mirror (1971)– [by […]


The online publication of the journal Imaginations 8-3: Special Issue on Marshall McLuhan & the Arts was announced on this blog in December of last year. See https://goo.gl/Y5RtNZ. Here is a note from co-editor of this issue Adam Lauder: [I am] delighted to finally share the print version of the special issue of ‘Imaginations’ co-edited by Dr. Jaqueline McLeod Rogers […]