Archive for the ‘Quotes’ Category

Marshall McLuhan wrote in his Introduction to the Second Edition of  Understanding Media: “The power of the arts to anticipate future social and technological developments, by a generation and more, has long been recognized. In this century Ezra Pound called the artist ‘the antennae of the race’. Art as radar acts as ‘an early alarm […]


for Youth Arts, Manifesto, Toronto 2012. Photo by Leah Snyder 2013 THE YEAR OF THE ARTIST: McLuhan’s Musings on the Role of the Artist in Society Art as Survival Thrival in the Electric Digital Age “The job of the artist is to upset all the senses and thus provide new vision and new powers of adjusting to and relating […]


   This unique website that is dedicated to Marshall McLuhan’s best-selling book is comprised of 6 sections:- 1. The Lecture, which offers an audio capture of Marshall McLuhan’s lecture as delivered on May 7, 1966, at The Poetry Center of the 92nd Street YM-YWHA for the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts. McLuhan titled his lecture […]


John M. Culkin SJ, PhD (1928-1993), leading media scholar, critic, educator, writer & consultant. This is an important essay that was published in the Saturday Review, March 18, 1967, that helped introduce Marshall McLuhan and his ideas to a wider North American audience and especially educators. It introduced the quotation “We become what we behold. We shape […]


Guest editors: Phil Rose (Canada), Varvara Chumakova (Russia) — Deadline September 4th — 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 […]


A Visualization of the Internet There has been a recent discussion on the MEA Page on Facebook about the authenticity of a quotation attributed to Marshall McLuhan in a 2013 article that was posted there by yours truly titled Marshall McLuhan Predicted the Internet. The author of that article, one Shane Ingram, wrote: “… it […]


Media Theorist Marshall McLuhan & The Timothy Leary Message By Bill Ferster     –     May 6, 2017 In his great new book, The Attention Merchants, Tim Wu tells the story about how Timothy Leary’s famous message on LSD, “Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out” became so viral during the 1960s, thanks in large […]


Elisha Otis free-fall safety demonstration in 1853 Posted to the MEA listserv on March 23, 2017 by Robert Logan:- “Here is an item that appeared in this morning’s Toronto Globe and Mail newspaper in Canada:  ‘MOMENT IN TIME The first elevator installed March 23, 1857: Like most entrepreneurial inventors, Elisha Otis was a bit of […]


Primo Conti, Profughe alla stazione (Refugees at the Station) By Patrick Roesle While McLuhan was the person who coined the term “global village” to characterize of our new wired world, today we often load the phrase with idyllic or utopian connotations that McLuhan did not intend. Quite the contrary. During a 1977 interview on TV […]


Allen Ginsberg was one of several high-profile guests at a controversial conference on LSD held at the University of Toronto in 1967.  (DON DUTTON)   Panelists largely supported LSD use, saying it boosted human creativity to previously-unseen levels. “The use of these drugs, I think, has a very positive effect on writers. They are used by almost all the […]