Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

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 […]


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… Street Art Photos by Marshall Soules We´re experiencing the charge in the global membrane… By this I mean immersion […]


Marshall McLuhan in 1973, University of Toronto Archives By Paul Levinson Introduction Marshall McLuhan (b. 1911–d. 1980) burst into iconic fame in the 1960s as a scholar who could explain the revolutionizing medium of the time, television, as well as radio, motion pictures, telephone, print, and all the media that had come before and now accompanied TV […]


By Nicholas Carr   –   April 21, 2017 Nicholas Carr is the author of “Utopia Is Creepy,” “The Shallows,” and other books.  See http://www.nicholascarr.com/ WELCOME TO the global village. It’s a nasty place. On Easter Sunday, a man in Cleveland filmed himself murdering a random 74-year-old and posted the video on Facebook. The social network took the […]


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 […]


  “The true masterwork of Marshall McLuhan.” —Douglas Rushkoff Marshall McLuhan was the visionary theorist best known for coining the phrase “The medium is the message.” His work prefigures and underlies the themes of writers and artists as disparate and essential as Andy Warhol, Nam June Paik, Neil Postman, Seth Godin, Barbara Kruger, and Douglas […]


The Communications Revolution (1960) is a panel discussion between Marshall McLuhan and two other academics, Edgar Dale and Keith Tyler, and cultural critic Gilbert Seldes, who chaired the panel.  The event took place at the third annual  Conference on the Humanities on October 28-29, 1960 at Ohio State University. The general theme of the conference was […]


The forthcoming publication of Remediating McLuhan by Richard Cavell was announced on this blog on October 3, 2016. See https://goo.gl/mH8xhl . From Richard Cavell’s Introduction (pp. 9-12): The McLuhan remediated in the following pages is the one who had become a cliché when Donald Theall wrote these words that presaged what eventually became a twenty-year decline in McLuhan’s […]


EXTENDED DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 28, 2017 Technology, Spirituality, Ecology Saint Mary’s College Of California JUNE 22-25, 2017 Responding to a large number of requests, the deadline for proposal submissions for the 18th annual convention of the Media Ecology Association (MEA) has been extended to February 28, 2017. Saint Mary’s College of California is proud to host the […]


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 […]