Archive for the ‘Quotes’ Category

MyToba.ca, the Manitoba news and information service, published the following comments and a short video of Marshall McLuhan on the last day of 2016. His predictions relate to space exploration, a personalized information service not unlike a combination of Google plus Wikipedia, the unharmonious global village with its loss of secrecy, racial conflict, media as extensions of […]


November 23, 2016 –  By Venkatesh Rao The weaponized form of McLuhan’s famous phrase the medium is the message is the phrase, first we shape our tools, then our tools shape us (due to to McLuhan’s friend John Culkin). I have come to prefer this form of the idea, and my favorite motif for it is Doc Ock, […]


Marshall McLuhan famously dictated much of his “writings” — his literacy began in orality — an irony that was part of his message about the new media. He would lie on a couch in his office and channel some oracle from the future while his students scribbled down his announcements. For this reason, no one […]


by S. Brent Plate Excerpted from CrossCurrents (June 2012), special issue on “The Mediation of Meaning.” “In a culture like ours, long accustomed to splitting and dividing all things as a means of control, it is sometimes a bit of a shock to be reminded that, in operational and practical fact, the medium is the message. This […]


Artist Harry Clarke‘s 1919 illustration for “A Descent into the Maelström” by Edgar Allan Poe From Arthur Kroker’s Technology and the Canadian Mind: Innis/McLuhan/Grant (1984), p. 62 : “The essential aspect of McLuhan’s technological humanism is that he always remained a Catholic humanist in the Thomistic tradition: one who brought to the study of technology and culture […]


Watercolour by Joan Steacy (see http://tinyurl.com/nvx9psa ) McLuhan used the works of James Joyce extensively in his own work. This article deals with the source of many of his most startling observations regarding art, society and technology-James Joyce.   “Nobody could pretend serious interest in my work who is not completely familiar with all of the […]


We can think of money as two things: 1. stored labor, and 2. a communication medium that conveys value; Marshall McLuhan devotes Chapter 14, the subtitle of which is “The Poor Man’s Credit Card”, to the medium of money in Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man (1964). The following paragraph discusses McLuhan’s ideas about money:- McLuhan […]


The final TV episode of Mad Men, set in the revolutionary decade of the 1960s, will be broadcast on AMC this evening. Whether you liked and watched it or not, as I did, since its premiere on July 19, 2007, the series received huge critical praise for its acting, writing and historical accuracy, winning 15 […]


(The photograph above was taken by Josephine Smith in 1945 when Marshall McLuhan was 34 and teaching at Assumption College, now part of the University of Windsor; it was restored by the McLuhan Estate in 2012 and is copyright.) The Australian literary quarterly Island magazine (Issue 140) has just published a 6,000 word edited excerpt, abstracted from […]


Jokes Are Based on Grievances “Today young people are in the habit of saying, ‘Humor is not cool’”. The old fashioned joke with its story line has given way to conundrum, e.g.: ‘What is purple and hums?’ Answer: ‘An electric grape.’ ‘Why does it hum?’ ‘Because it doesn’t know the words!’ This kind of joke […]