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In the age of Trump, McLuhan’s 50-year-old ideas seem prophetic. Here’s a primer. Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980) was a Canadian academic whose work on electronic media in the 60s has come to resonate in the digital age. This video is narrated by Alex Chow, one of the leaders of the 2014 Hong Kong Umbrella movement whose mass street […]


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 […]


Click on images for closer view. A multi-media exhibition   –   Oct 13-Dec 20, 2016 John M. Kelly Library, St. Michael’s College, 113 St. Joseph Street, Toronto Explore the development of Marshall McLuhan’s theories in the context of his academic and personal life at the University of St. Michael’s College. McLuhan’s central role in the rise […]


MyToba.ca, the Manitoba news and information service, published the following comments and a short video of Marshall McLuhan on the last day of 2016. His predictions relate to space exploration, a personalized information service not unlike a combination of Google plus Wikipedia, the unharmonious global village with its loss of secrecy, racial conflict, media as extensions of […]


Commentary by Colin Marshall 45 years ago, four eminences took the stage at the University of Toronto: Irish actor Jack MacGowran, best known for his interpretations of Samuel Beckett; English poet and dramatist W.H. Auden; American architect and theorist of humanity’s way of life Buckminster Fuller; and Canadian literary scholar turned media technology oracle Marshall McLuhan. Now only did […]


From YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAwwVPLKYc8 An Analysis of Marshall McLuhan’s “Five Sovereign Fingers Taxed the Breath” (1955) By Donald F. Theall From Prelude to The Virtual Marshall McLuhan by Donald F. Theall, Montreal & Kingston, ON: McGill-Queen’s University Press (2001), 10-11.    An early example of how McLuhan actually developed his probes poetically is exemplified in a […]


Part 1  Part 2 Part 3 See previous postings on this blog on McLuhan & Lennon:- John Lennon in Conversation with Marshall McLuhan – https://goo.gl/ffyg0N Marshall McLuhan’s Interview of John Lennon – https://goo.gl/14xQu1 Marshall McLuhan & John Lennon – https://goo.gl/d0PRzT New Book: The Beatles and McLuhan: Understanding the Electric Age – https://goo.gl/b19GOJ 


BREAKDOWN AS BREAKTHROUGH – Does the Imagination Have Ethics? MONDAY, 25 APRIL, 2016, 6:00 – 8:00 PM With Martin Arnold, Julia Moulden, Diane Blake  MARTIN ARNOLD is a musician based in Toronto. His notated compositions are performed nationally and internationally. Martin is also an active member of Toronto’s improvisation and experimental jazz/roots/rock communities performing on live electronics, banjo, melodica, and guitar. Martin lectures in Cultural Studies […]


HACKING THE CLASSROOM – Who is in Charge? MONDAY, 18 APRIL, 2016, 6:00 – 8:00 PM With Sanaa Ali-Mohammed, Greg Van Alstyne, Alessandro Ruggero SANAA ALI-MOHAMMED is a grassroots innovator and researcher with a passion for community building and devising solutions to social exclusion in various contexts. She was on the 2015 Samara Canada Everyday Political Citizen shortlist for her role in Young, Canadian […]


The above was quoted in “Marshall McLuhan, Author, Dies; Declared ‘Medium Is the Message’” by Alden Whitman, The New York Times, January 1, 1981 In an article titled “Canadian TV is a place of squalor and neglect”, Toronto Globe & Mail TV critic John Doyle laments the current sad state of Canadian television thus:- “I’m surprised […]