Posts Tagged ‘Laws of Media’

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): http://paullevinson.blogspot.ca/2014/04/tetrad-on-selfie.html 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 […]


The Tetrad: a dialectical model of media ecology theory Author: Gerrit Verstraete   –   3/28/2013 McLuhan designed the tetrad to provide a scientific basis for media observations. The tetrad applies to all media and human artifacts, a phenomenon that is universal and simultaneous. Into the complex of this paper is introduced the proposition that scientific research as applied […]


Published on Feb 8, 2013 I talk about Neil Postman shortly after his death in October 2003, at a New York State Communication Association (NYSCA) memorial in his honor in the Catskills. I recount how I first met Marshall McLuhan in 1977, when Postman asked me as his doctoral student at New York University to write […]


Laws of media – The four effects: A McLuhan contribution to social epistemology Gregory Sandstrom, European Humanities University, Vilnius, Lithuania,SERRC In 1988, Eric McLuhan published some of the final papers of his father’s pioneering work, weaving together his own thoughts on language, media and communication in the form of a systematic approach to media studies, […]