Posts Tagged ‘academic’

Published by Springer Nature Switzerland AG Applies the theories of Marshall McLuhan to science fiction studies, which have yet to be considered from this perspective Provides concrete examples of how McLuhan’s theories find their reflection in the aesthetics of classic and new science fiction films, demonstrating that many of his observations can be practically employed […]


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 […]


Marshall McLuhan, January 21, 1967, photo by Yousuf Karsh (c) Marshall McLuhan — Prophet of the Internet Everyone assumes that a tool is just a tool and that’s that. You use it to fulfill a certain function, to assist in a task which the human body could not complete on its own. Tools act as extensions of […]


(1931 – 2019) Birth: Cambridge, Massachusetts Dr. Gerald O’Grady was a legendary media scholar and former University at Buffalo professor of English, who led the media revolution in Buffalo in the early 1970s, making Buffalo among the first cities in the nation to create a public access center for film and video equipment and education. Dr. […]


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. […]


Been Hoping We Might Meet Again By Elaine Kahn  Two Canadian Catholic 20th-century public intellectuals whose lives and ideas intersected in surprising ways. This collection of their entire correspondence – from 1968 to 1980 – shines a light on their friendship and mutual respect during a fascinating period when television ruled and the world was […]


Click on the image to read the text The J. R. de J. Jackson Lecture Thursday, March 14, 2019 – 4:15 pm Thursday, March 14, 2019 – 6:00 pm 91 Charles St. West, Victoria College Chapel In the University of Toronto Paula McDowell, English Dept., New York University Paula McDowell specializes in eighteenth-century British studies, […]


Unfortunately, none of this information seems to have been disseminated in time from the folks at the University of Windsor to the McLuhan community of interest in and associated with the University of Toronto or elsewhere in Canada. It no doubt was shared with the McLuhan Centre, but that once authentic centre for McLuhan and […]


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 […]