Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category


Special Issue: Digital Humanism and the Future of Humanity  This special issue edited by Wolfgang Hofkirchner and Hans-Jörg Kreowski contains full paper proceedings of the workshop organised by the Institute for a Global Sustainable Information Society, Vienna, Austria, together with the Forum Computer Professionals for Peace and Social Responsibility, Bremen, Germany, held at the online […]



Northern Sparks Innovation, Technology Policy, and the Arts in Canada from Expo 67 to the Internet Age By Michael Century An “episode of light” in Canada sparked by Expo 67 when new art forms, innovative technologies, and novel institutional and policy frameworks emerged together. OVERVIEW Understanding how experimental art catalyzes technological innovation is often prized yet […]



Jacques Ellul (1912 – 1994) Dear Ellul Society Friend Our Montreal Conference on The Arts, Culture and the Environment in a Technological Society: Revisiting Jacques Ellul is less than three months away! Location: McGill University, downtown Montreal. We are excited to have a number of arts-related events scheduled in tandem with the conference, including film, art exhibitions and music […]



Marshall McLuhan by Yousuf Karsh, 1974 (Copyright by the Karsh Estate) SYNOPSIS This documentary will examine how toxic elements of our digital environment are dramatically transforming society in negative ways — just as the prophetic, popular futurist Marshall McLuhan predicted 60 years ago. We’ll examine the unforeseen social and political problems caused by the digital […]



I’m glad she qualified the title with “Feminine Extensions”… Editor(s): Sarah Sharma, Rianka Singh Contributor(s): Nasma Ahmed, Morehshin Allahyari, Sarah Banet-Weiser, Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, Brooke Duffy, Ganaele Langlois, Sara Martel, Shannon Mattern, Cait McKinney, Jeremy Packer, Craig Robertson, Ladan Mohamed Siad, Nicholas Thiel Taylor, Armond Towns, Jennifer Wemigwans Subjects Gender and Sexuality > Feminism and Women’s Studies, Media Studies > Media Technologies, Cultural Studies The contributors to Re-Understanding Media advance a feminist version of Marshall McLuhan’s key text, Understanding […]



The Global Village Day is back! Join us for a 12-hour McLuhanesque intellectual marathon, Tuesday JULY 20th, 2021, from Noon to Midnight (EDT Toronto time) live on Facebook and YouTube. Inspired by the innovative thinking of Marshall McLuhan, academics, artists, designers, raconteurs, innovators, and thinkers, from around the globe, will explore and rethink the mosaic of […]



Maelstrom Digital Art by Vincent Autenrieb “For McLuhan, the future could be either cataclysmic or transcendent”… The Canadian professor, philosopher and oracle of 1960s counterculture foresaw humanity’s ‘march backwards into the future’ as we are consumed by our digital landscapes By Mike Hodgkinson – 23 January, 2021 For much of 2020, as the coronavirus pandemic […]



Towards a Digital Epistemology: Aesthetics and Modes of Thought in Early Modernity and the Present Age By Jonas Ingvarsson This book explores the concept of digital epistemology. In this context, the digital will not be understood as merely something that is linked to specific tools and objects, but rather as different modes of thought. For example, the digital within the humanities is […]



On a subway just about all passengers stare at their cellphones. By Doc Searls  –   Sep 13, 2019 “We shape our tools and then our tools shape us,” wrote Father John Culkin, SJ, a Professor of Communication at Fordham and a colleague of Marshall McLuhan, whose magnum opus was Understanding Media: the Extensions of Man. So: who — or what — […]



Remarkably, neurons that respond specifically to objects that are within reach of your hand will also respond to objects that are close to a tool that’s in your hand. Cognitive psychologists Jessica Witt and Dennis Proffitt found that when they asked people to use a reaching tool (a 15-inch orchestra conductor’s baton) to reach targets […]