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This is an excerpt from a copyright article of the same title published by me, Alex Kuskis, in (2011) Explorations in Media Ecology, 10(3&4), pp. 313-333. This is Part 5 and additional excerpts from this essay will be published in future postings. 3. The Probe as Pedagogy Again, that’s terminology used by the author of this […]



 Eric Havelock, while at Yale Harold Innis and Ted Carpenter have been documented on this blog as key figures in the McLuhan Galaxy. I want to document the other principal figures associated with the Toronto School of Communication, specifically Eric Havelock and David R. Olson, along with some of the key members of the Centre […]



Scholars at a Lecture (1736) by William Hogarth [the attending scholars look bored] This is an excerpt from a copyrighted article of the same title published by me, Alex Kuskis, in (2011) Explorations in Media Ecology, 10(3&4), pp. 313-333. This is Part 4 and additional excerpts from this essay will be published in future postings. Twelve Major […]



circa 1939: A French officer points in the direction of Berlin, from a fort on the Maginot Line. This is an excerpt from a copyrighted article of the same title published by me, Alex Kuskis, in (2011) Explorations in Media Ecology, 10(3&4), pp. 313-333. This is Part 3 and additional excerpts from this essay will be […]



Here at Second Nature we’re celebrating Halloween and All Saints’ Day by channeling the ghost of Marshall McLuhan. How you ask? We’re reading the only e-mail Neil Postman ever sent in which he poses as the ghost of Marshall McLuhan: This is the Ghost of Marshall McLuhan speaking to you. I don’t have to tell you from […]



 A 1950s classroom This is an excerpt from a copyrighted article of the same title published by me, Alex Kuskis, in (2011) Explorations in Media Ecology, 10(3&4), pp. 313-333. This is Part 2 and additional excerpts from this essay will be published in future postings. The Disconnect Between Education and Student’s Lives Since at least the […]



On October 24, 1963, John Kelly, president of St. Michael’s College, and Claude T. Bissell, president of the University of Toronto, together decided to establish the Centre for Culture and Technology. The Centre became McLuhan’s office in the English Department at St. Michael’s College. While McLuhan was at Fordham University during 1967 and ’68, Professor […]



Confronting Technopoly:  Creativity & the Creative Industries in Global Perspective   Second Call For Papers   Thursday 19th – Sunday June 22, 2014 Ryerson University – Toronto, Canada Ryerson U, in the heart of Toronto  Convention Coordinator: Phil Rose (dr.philrose@gmail.com) Keynote Speaker: Ronald J. Deibert Confirmed Participants: Eric McLuhan, Paul Heyer, William Buxton, Ellen Rose, Lance Strate, Rick Salutin, […]



As an important educationist during his lifetime, that is, “a person who is seriously concerned to understand how learning takes place and what part schooling plays in facilitating or obstructing it” (Postman, 1988, p. 83), Marshall McLuhan expressed concerns about the traditional classroom in its role as the principal, often only, locus for institutional learning. […]



Paul Levinson writes:- I was interviewed in July 2012 about the relevance of Marshall McLuhan’s thinking to our current age of YouTube and social media.  The interview was conducted by J. Charles Sterin for the second edition of his Mass Media Revolution, a multi-media book published in July 2013.  The video contains clips of McLuhan […]