Archive for the ‘Media Ecology’ Category

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 […]


Blair McDonald, a TRU professor in the JCNM program delivered a special lecture on the Canadian media icon Marshall McLuhan. (Photo by Aidan Grether) The semester’s final session of the Arts Colloquium Series featured Blair McDonald, a professor of journalism, communication and new media, who presented on the influence of Marshall McLuhan [at Thompson Rivers […]


 Junichi Miyazawa I had heard of Junichi Miyazawa, a Japanese academic who had written a book about Marshall McLuhan, several years ago but didn’t have any detailed information. This past September I had the good fortune of unexpectedly meeting him at the Many McLuhans Symposium at the Fisher Library in the University of Toronto. I […]


Click on the image for an expanded view. To be published by NeoPoiesis Press early in 2019… Prose Percepts, Lyric Responses by B.W. Powe, in collaboration with Marshall Soules, on NEW MEDIA, EMPATHY, IDENTITY, REFUGEES, NATIONALISM, THE DONALD TRUMP PHENOMENON, JUSTIN TRUDEAU, A-LITERACY, THE WILD INTERNET, PARANOIA, POETRY AND INTIMACY, BOB DYLAN, PATTI SMITH… Street Art […]


How books irrevocably changed culture, according to media philosopher Marshall McLuhan Explore McLuhan’s theory on print culture and its influential hold over civilization. By Mike Colarossi   –   December 5, 2018 Marshall McLuhan said the advent of printed books gave way to print culture, of which he believed went on to shape and mold Western culture’s […]


The Hudson’s Bay Company crest includes four beavers and the Latin Pro Pelle Cutem, which translates to “skin for leather.” By Virginia Heffernan  a WIRED contributor HAVING GNAWED THEIR way across the Bering Land Bridge with their iron-glazed teeth, beavers by the tens of millions straight-up built North America. They worked like rodent Romans, subjugating the deciduous forests with formidable infrastructure: […]


Brennan Hall, St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto CALL FOR PAPERS – Deadline for submission: extended to JAN 15, 2019 The Media Ecology Association invites paper and panel proposals for presentation at its 20th Annual Convention, taking place on 27-30 June 2019 in Toronto. We welcome submissions that encompass the broad array of disciplines focusing on […]


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 […]