Posts Tagged ‘ideas’

McLuhan Salon @ DigiFest Thursday, April 26th, 4:00 PM at Corus Quay The McLuhan Salons are back! And we are happy to team up with Toronto DigiFest for a panel on Media Arts and the Creative City, on Thursday, April 26th, 4:00 PM at Corus Quay (25 Dockside Drive, Toronto).  Prior to 2018 Digifest Digital Pioneer Award, […]


 George Gerbner (1919 – 2005) George Gerbner was a professor of communication and originator of cultivation theory which examines the long-term effects of television, it’s primary proposition being that the images and ideological messages transmitted through popular TV media heavily influence perceptions of the real world. Born in Budapest, Hungary, he emigrated to the United States […]


(Click on the above box or any image for an expanded view) AUTHORS Julia M. Hildebrand (Drexel University) and Barry Vacker (Temple University) 1. INTRODUCTION Anthropocene — Mediacene. Layers of fossils — Layers of media technology. Ways of living — Ways of seeing. If we are in the Anthropocene, then how can we not be in the Mediacene? […]


The celebrity has replaced the hero in our image-based politics—and now we’ve got one on steroids. By Arthur W. Hunt III • April 4, 2018 During the heat of the of the 2016 presidential campaign some thoughtful observers mused that if Donald Trump became president, the White House would become a TV reality show. The national news cycle […]


Marshall McLuhan in academic garb, January 21, 1967, photograph by Yousuf Karsh (copyright Karsh Estate) Marshall McLuhan’s Convocation Address, The University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada On this occasion on November 20th, 1971, he was awarded an Honorary LLD. It is nice to be home. I left here when I was four and have vivid memories […]


Marshall McLuhan wrote in his Introduction to the Second Edition of  Understanding Media: “The power of the arts to anticipate future social and technological developments, by a generation and more, has long been recognized. In this century Ezra Pound called the artist ‘the antennae of the race’. Art as radar acts as ‘an early alarm […]


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 […]


Location: MSD – Münster School of Design, Leonardo-Campus 6 – Münster, Germany Events MSD – Münster School of Design Date/Time:  30. November – 01. December/All Day Keynote Speakers: Derrick de Kerckhove, Lars Elleström, Eric McLuhan and Göran Sonesson In the era of the so-called digitalization, a variety of multimodal technologies have a great impact on the structural […]


Mobile Phone Evolution 1992 – 2014 This is a short excerpt from an excellent wide-ranging and philosophical essay about Marshall McLuhan, his main ideas, and mobile phones that deserves to be read in full. It is also well-written. Follow the link at the bottom to do so. The Mobile Phone By Peter Benson … Let us consider […]


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 […]