Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

Monday Night Seminar: Creative Data LOCATION: McLuhan Centre for Culture & Technology, 39A Queens Park Crescent                       East off 121 St. Joseph St., Toronto, ON M5S 2C3   View Map Monday Night Seminar, Monday, January 23rd, 6:00 PM A Public Lecture followed by Discussion  With Richard Lachman, Transmedia Zone, Ryerson […]


Marshall McLuhan is still the most penetrating Christian humanist to grasp that technology has forced us to rediscover how humans can use it to advance our species and preserve its humanity.  By James Poulos , January 3, 2017 It’s time—again—for a resurgence of interest in Marshall McLuhan. After a posthumous revival in the 1970s and ‘80s, McLuhan […]


Culture & Technology in the 1960s Decade The Sixties are especially significant in the kind of art-media-cultural developments we are cataloging here in this timeline. Essentially because during the 1960s, we began to develop most of the technologies that underpin our 21st century media-space. And it was the American Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) that […]


CALL FOR PAPERS: The 18th Annual Convention of the Media Ecology Association Technology, Spirituality, Ecology  Saint Mary’s College Of California JUNE 22-25, 2017 Saint Mary’s College of California is proud to host the 18th annual convention of the Media Ecology Association (MEA). Founded in 1863, Saint Mary’s is one of the oldest colleges in the western […]


Monday Night Seminar: Data Ethics LOCATION: McLuhan Centre for Culture & Technology, 39A Queens Park Crescent                       East off 121 St. Joseph St., Toronto, ON M5S 2C3   View Map Monday Night Seminar, Monday, December 14th, 6:00 PM  With Ann Cavoukian, Three-term Privacy Commissioner of Ontario; Executive Director of the […]


When Marshall McLuhan proposed his idea to create an audio companion piece to his landmark 1967 book The Medium is the Massage, no one quite knew what to expect. The book itself brilliantly captured McLuhan’s theories on media and technology, arguing that the medium by which information is transferred to people was more important than […]


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, […]


2016-17 Theme: The New Shape of Things: Big Data, Big Stories Our theme last year was “City as Classroom” where we sought insight and experience that the city has to offer to inform and stimulate. This year we go beyond the city in exploring the extent to which McLuhan’s adage that “the medium is the […]


The New Shape of Things: Big Data, Big Stories Inaugural Monday Night Seminar, Monday November 7th, 6:00 PM The McLuhan Centre for Culture & Technology, Faculty of Information (iSchool) at the University of Toronto, is pleased to announce a Fall 2016/Winter 2017 rollout of events. Weekly sessions carry on the “Monday Night Seminar” tradition of […]


Commentary by Colin Marshall 45 years ago, four eminences took the stage at the University of Toronto: Irish actor Jack MacGowran, best known for his interpretations of Samuel Beckett; English poet and dramatist W.H. Auden; American architect and theorist of humanity’s way of life Buckminster Fuller; and Canadian literary scholar turned media technology oracle Marshall McLuhan. Now only did […]