Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

Into the Maelstrom: How the Hyperconnected Age is Tearing Us Apart By Jamie Stantonian   –   August 16, 2017 Writing during the twilight age of literature, maverick media theorist Marshall McLuhan devoted his life to the understanding of the global mass media and its effect on human behavior. He argued that by changing our sense […]


Marshall McLuhan Explains Why We’re Blind to How Technology Changes Us, Raising the Question: What Have the Internet & Social Media Done to Us? By Colin Marshall So many of us use Facebook every day, but how many of us know that its enormous presence in our lives owes, in part, to modern philosophy? “In […]


Photo illustration Ming Wong/The Globe & Mail (Click on image to enlarge) The Globe and Mail’s Mark Medley speaks with biographer Douglas Coupland on why the culture and communications guru’s theories continue to resonate in 2017 – perhaps more than ever In his 2010 biography of Marshall McLuhan, the visual artist and writer Douglas Coupland describes reading […]


“The electronic media haven’t wiped out the book: it’s read, used, and wanted, perhaps more than ever. But the role of the book has changed. It’s no longer alone. It no longer has sole charge of our outlook, nor of our sensibilities.” As familiar as those words may sound, they don’t come from one of […]


(Click on the image to expand the view and start the animation) For journalism students at New York’s Fordham University, the shadow of Marshall McLuhan looms large. A media theorist and digital visionary, McLuhan taught at Fordham during its 1967-68 academic year, overseeing an alternative curriculum of lectures, film screenings, and independent study. His philosophies […]


Guest editors: Phil Rose (Canada), Varvara Chumakova (Russia) — Deadline September 4th — This year marks 50 years since the publication of Marshall McLuhan and Quentin Fiore’s book The Medium is the Massage: An Inventory of Effects (1967), which sought to popularize McLuhan’s central theses about the environmental changes that new media help to bring about. In Understanding Media: The […]


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 […]