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Editor Robert Logan reports that he has already begun work on  New Explorations 3 (1) due out in early 2022. Because of Covid, Volume 2 will have only one issue but it is packed with 22 items. We are planning two issues for Volume 3 in 2022. Here is the call for papers: New Explorations: Studies […]



R.H. Thompson as Marshall McLuhan in The Message, at the Tarragon Theatre, Toronto (Photo by Cylla Von Teidemann) Click on the image for an expanded view. When it comes to Canadians who have shaped global culture, there are few peers to Marshall McLuhan. The visionary writer coined the phrases “global village” and “the medium is […]



Prose Percepts, Lyric Responses by B.W. Powe, in collaboration with Marshall Soules, on NEW MEDIA, EMPATHY, IDENTITY, REFUGEES, NATIONALISM, THE DONALD TRUMP PHENOMENON, JUSTIN TRUDEAU, A-LITERACY, THE WILD INTERNET, PARANOIA, POETRY AND INTIMACY, BOB DYLAN, PATTI SMITH… This unique book describes the media maelstrom of our disharmonious over-heated world today in which, despite ubiquitous connectivity, truthful […]



I meant to bring this book to your attention last year, but for various reasons that intention failed to be realized … until now. It is written by my friend and colleague, Norm Friesen, a Canadian who teaches Educational Technology at Boise State University. There are plenty of McLuhan and Postman references in the book, […]



It’s a book, No – it’s a poem, No – it’s a diary, No – it’s an art book No – it’s a searing analysis of today’s politics, No – it’s an indictment of the misuse of digital media seen through the lens of media ecology, No – it’s a review of poetry and song […]



First published in Hamilton Arts & Letters, June 11, 2019 Review by J.S. Porter FROM GLOBAL VILLAGE TO GLOBAL MEMBRANE: A REVIEW OF B.W. POWE’S THE CHARGE IN THE GLOBAL MEMBRANE, WITH STREET ART PHOTOS BY MARSHALL SOULES “The new electric environment is a collective poem.” – Marshall McLuhan Two implicit questions skulk around in B.W. […]



 By Sarah Jo Kirsch   –   November 15, 2018 Imaginations, a peer-reviewed “multilingual, open-access journal of international visual cultural studies,” published a special issue of essays on McLuhan’s processes as they relate to art theory, the reaches and deficiencies of his scope, his collaborative projects and the thinking he continues to inspire in December of 2017. […]



R.H. Thompson as Marshall McLuhan in The Message, at the Tarragon Theatre, Toronto (Photo by Cylla Von Teidemann) Click on the image for an expanded view. Title: The Message Written by: Jason Sherman Genre: Comedy-Drama Director: Richard Rose Actors: R.H. Thomson, Courtney Ch’ng Lancaster, Sarah Orenstein, Peter Hutt, Patrick McManus Company: Tarragon Theatre Venue: Tarragon Theatre Mainspace City: Toronto Year: Runs until Dec. 16 […]



R.H. Thomson performs the role of Marshall McLuhan during his time of decline & aphasia I attended a pre-opening performance of The Message last week. I was not impressed by either the play or production I witnessed, indeed I was disappointed. I know R.H. Thomson to be a highly regarded and skilled actor, but he […]



Scott McLemee examines Susan Zieger’s The Mediated Mind: Affect, Ephemera, and Consumerism in the Nineteenth Century, which helps put into clear view the impact of mass media culture on the way we live now. By Scott McLemee   –  July 27, 2018 Among the first books about Marshall McLuhan was one called The Medium Is the Rear-View Mirror (1971)– [by […]