Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

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 […]


On July 21, 1969, people around the world crowded around their televisions to witness history in the making: astronaut Neil Armstrong taking his first steps on the moon. The United States’ Apollo 11 spacecraft landed on the moon the day before – becoming the first crewed vessel to do so. The momentous occasion sparked a lively conversation on […]


Click on image for expanded view. Hannah Whitaker, “Barcroft Branches” & “Arctic Landscape (Trees)” (both 2014) Excerpt from How to Be as Well-Informed as Marshall McLuhan, John Eaton, Lester Patrick Watson (Fron Macleans, September 1, 1971, pp. 38-39) Canada lost its innocence somewhere between the time Gordie Tapp expatriated to do Hee-Haw and Pierre Trudeau […]


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. […]


Echo and Narcissus by John William Waterhouse (1903) On the Narcosis of Narcissus By Christopher S. Morrissey  –  June 13, 2019 He could not go. He wanted neither to eat nor to sleep. Only to lie there — eyes insatiably Gazing into the eyes that were no eyes. This is how his own eyes destroyed […]


Black Mirror: Bandersnatch is a 2018 interactive film in the science fiction anthology series Black Mirror. It was written by series creator Charlie Brooker and directed by David Slade. Netflix released the standalone film on 28 December 2018. In Bandersnatch, viewers make decisions for the main character, the young programmer Stefan Butler (Fionn Whitehead) who is adapting a fantasy choose-your-own-adventure novel into a video game in 1984. See […]


Click on the image to enlarge for an expanded view. Designer Scott Boms recently donated designer Quentin Fiore’shand-annotated mechanical (in publishing, a mechanical is like a prototype for the book) of Marshall McLuhan’s The Medium is the Massage to Letterform Archive in San Francisco and let us all have a look: “I acquired this after the passing of Marshall’s wife Corinne as we […]


In collaboration with the Mozilla Foundation Wednesday, April 3rd, 6:00 PM Mozilla Foundation 366 Adelaide St W Suite 500, Toronto Everyone Welcome “The Future of Artificial Intelligence (AI)” – McLuhan Salon, a dialogue with Mark Surman, Executive Director, Mozilla Foundation, and Rohinton Medhora, President, Centre for International Governance Innovation, moderated by David Nostbakken, President, CEO, McLuhan Foundation. […]


Click on image for expanded view Cesar Hidalgo, director of the Collective Learning group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab, would like you to know that Marshall McLuhan was right. And he has the datasets to prove it. In a new paper, “How the Medium Shapes the Message: Printing and the Rise of […]


On January 30, 2019, Jody Berland, Canadian professor in the Department of Humanities at the University of Toronto, delivers this year’s McLuhan Lecture at the Embassy of Canada in Berlin, entitled Extending McLuhan’s Posthumanism: Feeling The Techno-Animal Embrace. In this lecture, she is placing McLuhan’s definition of media technologies as prostheses that extend our limbs and […]