Posts Tagged ‘McLuhan’

The Great McLuhan- Frye Debate An academic debate is an educational practicum requiring students to employ rhetoric, histrionic abilities and knowledge of the assigned topic to debate a given proposition or question with the goal of influencing the opinions of observers and/or the judge(s).  This debate will answer the question: Who best – Marshall McLuhan […]


Click on images for closer view. A multi-media exhibition   –   Oct 13-Dec 20, 2016 John M. Kelly Library, St. Michael’s College, 113 St. Joseph Street, Toronto Explore the development of Marshall McLuhan’s theories in the context of his academic and personal life at the University of St. Michael’s College. McLuhan’s central role in the rise […]


Marshall McLuhan, his mother Elsie and younger brother Maurice (“Red”) Some say that ever ‘gainst that season comes Wherein our Saviour’s birth is celebrated, This bird of dawning singeth all night long; And then, they say, no spirit dare stir abroad, The nights are wholesome, then no planets strike, No fairy takes, nor witch hath […]


Two photos of the casually-attired Marshall McLuhan by Barbara Wilde, taken around 1976  Douglas Coupland’s “biography” of Marshall McLuhan is a curious mixture of speculation and hyperbole, interspersed with the essential facts of the man’s life in broad strokes. Although it gets some things wrong, there are nevertheless some useful insights worthy of Coupland’s artistic perception, […]


(Poster by Jana Jankovic, Emilie Charlebois, Julia Lefebvre & student helpers) Dear Friends, Monday, July 21 will be the 103rd anniversary of Marshall McLuhan’s birth. To mark the occasion, we are organizing an informal luncheon at St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto.  This is an opportunity to reconnect with members of the McLuhan Legacy […]


Here at Second Nature we’re celebrating Halloween and All Saints’ Day by channeling the ghost of Marshall McLuhan. How you ask? We’re reading the only e-mail Neil Postman ever sent in which he poses as the ghost of Marshall McLuhan: This is the Ghost of Marshall McLuhan speaking to you. I don’t have to tell you from […]


Portrait of Claude Bissell outside the president’s office, Simcoe Hall, U of T In 2011, the Information Services team at the Inforum received a donation-in-kind from the wife of Claude T. Bissell. While president of U of T, Bissell became friends with Marshall McLuhan and as friends, McLuhan often made gifts of his work to […]


George Thompson, 96, passed away at his residence in Toronto on July 9th. With a clear passion for the Arts, George lived an interesting life filled with friends, family, painting and a love for dogs. With his brother, Bill, he was involved with the Boy Scout organization for many years. He served in the Air […]


“Marshall McLuhan was born in 1911 and died in 1980. By the time of his death, he had been dismissed by respectable academicians, and he was known in the popular press as an eccentric intellectual whose day in the media spotlight had come and gone. By 1980, the transformation of human life catalyzed by television […]


My colleague and Winnipeg correspondent Howard Engel reports that the Winnipeg Free Press (WFP) in their Saturday, July 21, 2012 issue marked the 101st anniversary of Marshall McLuhan’s birth by featuring him on their “This Day in Manitoba” blurb  (see the clipping above).  Kudos to them for their nod in McLuhan’s direction, especially since Winnipeg, where McLuhan grew up, […]