Archive for the ‘Media Literacy’ Category

Mark Kingwell Mark Kingwell is a professor of philosophy at the University of Toronto. More than five decades ago, Marshall McLuhan argued that media are ecosystems, extensions of human consciousness. The famous adage that the medium is the message also means, as the often-misquoted title of McLuhan’s famous book notes, that the medium is the […]

For Media Literacy Week Is fake news really the problem?  While the term appears in the headlines and on the lips of everyday internet users, is ‘fake news’ really the problem? Or are we facing something much more complex? Mark Surman, Executive Director of the Mozilla Foundation, takes us on a winding journey through misinformation, […]

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 […]

For nearly fifty years, Heritage Toronto’s Plaques and Markers Program has officially remembered key people, places and events which have shaped the city we live in today. From 20th century skyscrapers, to the sites of former aboriginal villages, to the city’s first Chinatown, the range of possible plaque subjects has been as diverse as Toronto’s history […]

The Association for Media Literacy in association with the McLuhan Centre for Culture & Technology presents….. Is there a crisis in critical thinking? There is understandable excitement in living, teaching and learning through media technologies. But are we studying technologies’ effects on thinking, learning and relating? Does 21st Century life need a strong dose of […]

“Is not the essence of education civil defense against media fallout? -” Marshall McLuhan, The Gutenberg Galaxy, 294. Marshall McLuhan was a common influence on the fields of Media Ecology and Media Literacy during the 1960s and ‘70s. McLuhan’s Report on project in understanding new media (1960), intended as a high school media studies curriculum, […]

Understanding Media Now: Navigating Surveillance, Social Media & Marketing Never has media literacy been a more essential life skill. Toronto, ON: Understanding Media Now will focus on privacy, learning opportunities, online environments, rights and responsibilities and agency in a technology-driven digital landscape. Participants will attend workshops and panels on subjects ranging from effective teaching and parenting to […]

Classic TV commercials of the 1970s This is an excerpt from a copyrighted article of the same title published by me, Alex Kuskis, in (2011) Explorations in Media Ecology, 10(3&4), pp. 313-333. This is Part 7 and additional excerpts from this essay will be published in future postings. The first 6 portions of this essay can […]

Source:  “Instead of tending towards a vast Alexandrian library the world has become a computer, an electronic brain, exactly as an infantile piece of science fiction. And as our senses have gone outside us, Big Brother goes inside. So, unless aware of this dynamic, we shall at once move into a phase of panic terrors, exactly befitting a small world of […]

  In time for the 50th anniversary of the publication of Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man (1964) next year, Gingko Press is publishing this classic of media analysis in several e-book formats including Kindle, Nook & others to be announced. “In our new global village, the consumers will become the producers.” – Marshall McLuhan In this classic book […]