Posts Tagged ‘books’

How books irrevocably changed culture, according to media philosopher Marshall McLuhan Explore McLuhan’s theory on print culture and its influential hold over civilization. By Mike Colarossi   –   December 5, 2018 Marshall McLuhan said the advent of printed books gave way to print culture, of which he believed went on to shape and mold Western culture’s […]


Click on image for enlarged view R. Bruce Elder’s Cubism and Futurism: Spiritual Machines and the Cinematic Effect Filmmaker, writer and professor Elder’s new book traces the rise of a new scientific theory, which changed our conception of time, space, objecthood and personhood and demanded revolutionary, new art forms. ABOUT THE BOOK Cubism and Futurism […]


By Elaine Kahn This book features the edited and annotated complete correspondence between two intellectual giants of the 20th century — Pierre Elliott Trudeau and Marshall McLuhan — from the moment of Trudeau’s election as prime minister of Canada in 1968 to McLuhan’s death in 1980. In the letters, the two men — both serious Catholics — delve into contemporary […]


Hans Ulrich Obrist, Douglas Coupland and Shumon Basar discuss tomorrow via the spreads from their radical artist’s book, Age Of Earthquakes April 6, 2015 “We see this as a kind of DIY manual.” Hans Ulrich Obrist, Serpentine co-director, and arguably his generations finest curator, is very excited. He’s describing his new book, a radical updating of […]


Scott McLemee examines Susan Zieger’s The Mediated Mind: Affect, Ephemera, and Consumerism in the Nineteenth Century, which helps put into clear view the impact of mass media culture on the way we live now. By Scott McLemee   –  July 27, 2018 Among the first books about Marshall McLuhan was one called The Medium Is the Rear-View Mirror (1971)– [by […]


What do Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, media theorist Marshall McLuhan and Canadian popular culture have in common? This is the question that Mark A. McCutcheon seeks to answer in his new book, The Medium Is the Monster: Canadian Adaptations of Frankenstein and the Discourse of Technology, published in 2018 by Athabasca University Press. In this unique and penetrating analysis, McCutcheon […]


Click on the image for an expanded view. Designed by Paolo Granata, University of Toronto Studying book history and print culture often requires a specialized terminology. Designed to honour the legacy of the German inventor Johannes Gutenberg, this 52-card deck is a guide to key terms, including illustrations and examples, used in printing history, bibliography, and textual scholarship. It’s also a […]


The Medium Is the Monster: Canadian Adaptations of Frankenstein & the Discourse of Technology About the Book: Technology, a word that emerged historically first to denote the study of any art or technique, has come, in modernity, to describe advanced machines, industrial systems, and media. McCutcheon argues that it is Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel Frankenstein that effectively reinvented the meaning of […]


We will explore the “massive revolution” over the past 15 years in how libraries operate, including their role as a neutral space to exchange ideas. No longer just book depots with “shushing” librarians, public libraries are in fact lively and interactive spaces that contend with issues of relevance to us all with accessible technology, focusing […]


For beginners studying Marshall McLuhan’s ideas, I usually recommend that they read the famous Playboy interview (1969) in which he is resolutely cogent and unambiguous for a non-academic reading audience, proving that he could be that when he wanted to be. You can download a PDF of it here https://goo.gl/13QXas.  Second, I recommend that they read his The […]