Posts Tagged ‘Laws of Media’

Media and Formal Cause (2011) by Marshall McLuhan & Eric McLuhan by Mark Stahlman, President, Center for the Study of Digital Life, with Deborah Newman, Doc Searls, Peter Berkman, Ben Stolz, Jeff Martineau, Scott Talkington, Adam Pugen, and Tom Lipscomb     –     May 1, 2017 McLuhan 101 What many miss about McLuhan is that […]


Elisha Otis free-fall safety demonstration in 1853 Posted to the MEA listserv on March 23, 2017 by Robert Logan:- “Here is an item that appeared in this morning’s Toronto Globe and Mail newspaper in Canada:  ‘MOMENT IN TIME The first elevator installed March 23, 1857: Like most entrepreneurial inventors, Elisha Otis was a bit of […]


  “The true masterwork of Marshall McLuhan.” —Douglas Rushkoff Marshall McLuhan was the visionary theorist best known for coining the phrase “The medium is the message.” His work prefigures and underlies the themes of writers and artists as disparate and essential as Andy Warhol, Nam June Paik, Neil Postman, Seth Godin, Barbara Kruger, and Douglas […]


Anthony Wachs’ new book has been published and is shipping:- By Anthony M. Wachs November 2015 | paper | ISBN 978-0-8207-0487-6 Publisher: Duquesne University Press Book Information: “The medium is the message,” and we now live in a “global village” — much of Marshall McLuhan’s significant contributions to communication theory has been reduced to these well-known aphorisms. […]


Marshall McLuhan’s collaboratively-written books, especially the ones published after his death in 1980, do not receive the review and critical attention they deserve, which needs to change. Therefore it was a pleasure to read the following Kirkus Review which, though short, is well-considered, which was published in print in 1989 but only online in 2012. […]


By Anthony M. Wachs November 2015 | paper | ISBN 978-0-8207-0487-6 Publisher: Duquesne University Press Book Information: “The medium is the message,” and we now live in a “global village” — much of Marshall McLuhan’s significant contributions to communication theory has been reduced to these well-known aphorisms. And while these catchphrases do indeed capture certain aspects of […]


Vintage black typewriter and old white phone Marshall McLuhan believed that old technologies, especially media technologies, become art forms, that their obsolescence does not spell the end of them, but that they are reconfigured and repurposed. That is why there are collectors of telegraph equipment, old telephones, radios, TVs, old computers, and yes – antiquarian […]


There has been a recent sometimes heated discussion on the Media Ecology Association’s listserv  about the value and applicability of Marshall and Eric McLuhan’s Laws of Media (LoM). As in the past, some media scholars value and apply the LoM in their teaching and writing, while others either willfully or otherwise misunderstand them, do not […]


From Paul Levinson’s Infinite Regress blog (by permission): https://goo.gl/aE2G7Z I [Paul Levinson] just had an exchange with Ian Bogost over on Twitter, after I posted the above photograph of me, Marshall McLuhan, and Eric McLuhan, taken at the “Tetrad Conference” I organized at Fairleigh Dickinson University in March 1978.Ian aptly said that I needed a “4th” […]


“You know nothing of my work” by DANIEL HONAN   –   JULY 10, 2013 In the whimsical movie line scene in Woody Allen’s film Annie Hall, Allen’s character Alvy Singer is stuck in front of a pontificating media studies professor who is loudly dissing the work of everyone from Fellini to Samuel Beckett. Yet when this “thirtyish academic” turns his […]