Archive for the ‘Publishing’ Category


EMPIRE AND COMMUNICATIONS By Harold A. Innis Edited by William J. Buxton Introduction by William J. Buxton Originally published in 1950, Harold A. Innis’s Empire and Communications is considered to be one of the classic works in media studies, yet its origins have received little attention. Ambitious in its scope, the book spans five millennia, tracing a path of […]



Out of School: Information Art and the Toronto School of Communication By Adam Lauder, PhD A unique look at the artists inspired by the Toronto School of Communication and the rise of an information society. Through a series of focused and interconnected case studies, Out of School explores the long history of information art associated with […]



WIRED 1.1 – The first issue (March/April 1993) By Nick Ripatrazoni Raised Catholic, Kelly had since drifted from religious faith—until that morning. Fourteen years later, Kelly was the founding executive editor of Wired magazine—and Marshall McLuhan was on the masthead as the magazine’s patron saint. Kelly has said that his Easter conversion resulted in, as he puts […]



Published by Gingko Press – 412 pages, Softcover – 6″ x 9 1/4″ (150 x 235 mm) – 20 individual offprints in a slipcase – English – ISBN: 978-1-58423-051-9 The essay is for exploring; the book, for explaining. Such was McLuhan’s philosophy about these two forms. The essay is the freer form and one better […]



Explorations Cover Designed by Harold Kurchenska & Used Until April 1970 Explorations Cover June 1970 Redesign THE “UNKNOWN” EXPLORATIONS By Gary Genosko Douglas Coupland describes the journal as a “glorious stew of diamonds and rhinestones and Fabergé eggs and merde.” For Coupland, Explorations was McLuhan’s “calling card throughout the world.” It is against this background of heavy valorization […]



Bill Kuhns Bill Kuhns is already known to some in the McLuhan community of interest from his book, The Post-Industrial Prophets (1971), which contains a chapter on McLuhan, and the “assembly” he did with Eric McLuhan in 2003, The Book of Probes. As an independent McLuhan scholar, he has been circling McLuhan in ever tighter-circles, all his […]



The Original Explorations Journal of Ted Carpenter & Marshall McLuhan (1953 – 1957) The launch is planned for the first week of March. I will post an announcement when it is online. By Bob Logan The New Explorations: Studies in Culture and Communication project and journal is inspired by the journal Explorations: Studies in Culture […]



The short-lived but influential magazine overseen by Edmund Carpenter & Marshall McLuhan. By Kevin Plummer In the 1950s, anthropologist Edmund Carpenter, English professor Marshall McLuhan, and others were at the centre of an innovative working group at the University of Toronto investigating modes and media of communication from a variety of academic perspectives. The establishment […]



Published by Springer Nature Switzerland AG Applies the theories of Marshall McLuhan to science fiction studies, which have yet to be considered from this perspective Provides concrete examples of how McLuhan’s theories find their reflection in the aesthetics of classic and new science fiction films, demonstrating that many of his observations can be practically employed […]



Click on the image to enlarge for an expanded view. Designer Scott Boms recently donated designer Quentin Fiore’s  hand-annotated mechanical (in publishing, a mechanical is like a prototype for the book) of Marshall McLuhan’s The Medium is the Massage to Letterform Archive in San Francisco and let us all have a look: “I acquired this after the passing of Marshall’s wife Corinne as […]