Archive for the ‘Scholars’ Category

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 […]


Rough translation of the title: The science project of the new Marshall McLuhan: The philosophical consequences of changing forms of communication  By Bartlomiej Knosala The author attended the Media Ecology Association conference at St. Mary’s College of California, near San Francisco, this past June where he presented a paper and kindly gave me a copy of […]


Click on image for enlarged view. Senses of Time, Space and Place June 21-24, 2018 The University of Maine Since 1950, when Canadian economic historian Harold Innis grounded his communication history theory in the ebb and flow of time-biased and space-biased media from ancient to modern civilizations, time and space have been a key concept in […]


William Hugh Kenner (1923 – 2003) William Hugh Kenner, literary critic (born 7 January 1923 in Peterborough, ON; died 24 November 2003 in Athens, Georgia). Hugh Kenner is regarded as one of the most important commentators on literary modernism and is especially known for his revival of the reputation of American poet Ezra Pound with […]


Father Paul A. Soukup, S. J. Father Paul A. Soukup, S. J. was the recipient of this year’s 7th annual Medium and the Light Award, in recognition of the religious dimensions of the life and work of Marshall McLuhan. The award was presented on Thursday, June 22 in Moraga, California at the 18th Annual Media […]


Claude Shannon (1916-2001) A classic film on communication finds renewed meaning in the age of memes and emojis From personal email and texts to Facebook, Twitter and the like, the last several decades have seen an unprecedented influx of new means of human-to-human communication. So it’s a testament to the work of the US mathematician […]


“People don’t actually read newspapers. They step into them every morning like a hot bath.” — Marshall McLuhan   Marshall McLuhan reading newspaper (1972) – Apropos Lou Forsdale visit to Marshall McLuhan for taping piece for Electric Media volume for High Schools (Harcourt Brace) By Peter Feuerherd, professor of journalism at St. John’s University in […]


Participants at the Toronto School Conference, 2016 (click to enlarge image) This recently added website on the Toronto School Initiative follows upon the highly successful Toronto School Conference of 2016 at the University of Conference. It offers basic information about some of the principal figures of the original Toronto School of the 1950s and ’60s […]


Click on photo for expanded view. As of July 1, 2017, McLuhan Centenary Fellow Paolo Granata will hold a professorship in “Marshall McLuhan and Print Culture” at the University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto, as part of its sponsored program in Book & Media Studies within the University of Toronto’s Faculty […]


This is a list of the distinguished keynote speakers who will participate in this year’s Media Ecology Association (MEA) Annual Convention at Saint Mary’s College Of California, Moraga, California, June 22-25, 2017. Unfortunately, Stewart Brand whose name and biography were part of this posting originally had to cancel his attendance for family reasons. Kevin Kelly is […]