Archive for the ‘Reading’ Category

The Mind on Paper: Reading, Consciousness and Rationality David R. Olson, Professor Emeritus, OISE, University of Toronto Author Information: https://goo.gl/ZvBghq Planned Publication: November 2016   –   Not yet published   –   Hardback   –   ISBN: 9781107162891 Although the importance of literacy is widely acknowledged in society and remains at the top of the political agenda, […]


Reading by B.W. Powe from his collection “Decoding Dust” published by NeoPoiesis Press Technogenie by B.W. Powe  Technogenie by B.W. Powe from NeoPoiesis Press on Vimeo. Invitation Reader Remembrance Seas For Auxi Dream-catching Hear more poems read by B.W. Powe here: https://vimeo.com/neopoiesispress/videos Some Advance Reviews:- “What’s B.W. Powe: A Poet, an aphorist,a lyric philosopher-historian, a master of […]


From YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAwwVPLKYc8 An Analysis of Marshall McLuhan’s “Five Sovereign Fingers Taxed the Breath” (1955) By Donald F. Theall From Prelude to The Virtual Marshall McLuhan by Donald F. Theall, Montreal & Kingston, ON: McGill-Queen’s University Press (2001), 10-11.    An early example of how McLuhan actually developed his probes poetically is exemplified in a […]


During the 1930’s and 1940’s two scholars working at the University of Toronto began to outline a new theory of the role played by media of communication in shaping consciousness.  English-born and trained classicist Eric Havelock studied ancient Greece’s transition from an oral to a literate culture and the changes in mentality this brought about.  […]


St. John’s College, Cambridge University has announced the passing of Sir Jack Goody, whose studies of literacy and communication have influenced media ecologists such as Harold Innis, Eric Havelock, Marshall McLuhan, Walter Ong, and Elizabeth Eisenstein, as they focused on the development of writing systems, and later, printing; in this aspect of his scholarship at least, […]


The graphic below illustrates a standard opinion about pictorial versus textual information as it’s represented on the Internet, an idea that has influenced information representation in other mediums as well: books, newspapers, signs, posters, advertising messages. (Source: http://tinyurl.com/n6hwkua ) This question was recently taken up in separate commentaries by film critic Dana Stevens and author Rivka […]


Now in print and available from Amazon, B&N, and other online booksellers, an anthology of poetry, poetics, creative writing, and cartoons inspired by  Marshall McLuhan:  The Medium Is The Muse [Channeling Marshall McLuhan] Edited by Lance Strate & Adeena Karasick The cover shows the young college age Marshall McLuhan. It’s from a photograph not previously […]


On the eve of our Media Ecology Association convention in Toronto, here’s a timely NY Times Sunday Book Review piece addressing a fundamental media ecology concern……..Alex Has the Electronic Image Supplanted the Written Word? JUNE 17, 2014  Each week in Bookends, two writers take on questions about the world of books. Fifty years ago, Marshall […]


… or, as I call it, The Gutenberg Galaxy Disrupted …  Pages Festival + Conference: Unbound Exploring the Evolving Word to Digital March 13th-15th, 2014  We are in the midst of the greatest transformation in cultural production and dissemination in centuries. The digital age has created a seismic shift, challenging the existing models of creation […]


 Dr. David R. Olson David R. Olson (born in 1935) is one of the most eminent proponents of Literacy Theory and was a member of the Toronto school of communication, and at one time a director of McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology. Influenced by Jack Goody’s work, he studied with Jerome Bruner, and has been particulary interested, […]