Posts Tagged ‘culture’

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 […]


Click on the image to enlarge for an expanded view. Designer Scott Boms recently donated designer Quentin Fiore’shand-annotated mechanical (in publishing, a mechanical is like a prototype for the book) of Marshall McLuhan’s The Medium is the Massage to Letterform Archive in San Francisco and let us all have a look: “I acquired this after the passing of Marshall’s wife Corinne as we […]


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 […]


The graphic designer Quentin Fiore in an undated photograph. In the 1960s he collaborated with Marshall McLuhan, Jerry Rubin and Buckminster Fuller. Credit: Fiore Family By Katharine Q. Seelye   –   May 1, 2019 Quentin Fiore, a graphic designer whose work helped magnify and popularize Marshall McLuhan’s maxim that “the medium is the message,” died on […]


This unique book is about our media-saturated world today… We’re immersed in a radical transformation of consciousness and sensibility through the advent of digital communications’ technologies. Everything is in heightened conditions of emergent flux and speed, of spiritual emergency. Responding to the transformations, this word-image work seeks the heartbeat inside the Genesis overdrive of our […]


(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 […]