The New Science of Communication

The New Science of Communication

ANTHONY M. WACHS
The New Science of Communication: Reconsidering McLuhan’s Message for our Modern Moment
Duquesne University Press, 2015

With Anthony M. Wachs, Alex Kuskis, Robert K. Logan

The New Science of Communication offers an original contribution to scholarship on McLuhan and media ecology, as scholars interested in the interactions of media with human feeling, thought, and behavior have forced modern presuppositions onto their readings of McLuhan. Wachs, however, corrects this misreading by uniquely combining communication and media, and restoring classical and medieval communication theory as an alternative to modern rationalist theories.
Anthony M. Wachs is assistant professor and director of forensics in the Department of Languages, Literature, and Communication Studies at Northern State University.

McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology
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The Medium is the Massage

The Medium is the Massage

McLuhan’s ideas are presented through pictorial techniques, his own comments, and the reactions of others to his views. Produced by NBC (1967).

Video Lounge Series: a screening program showcases some rare films and documentaries that feature McLuhan’s intellectual influence during the Sixties and Seventies. A panel discussion follows the screening. The event is free and open to the public. You are encouraged to register online.

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Breakdown as Breakthrough

Breakdown as Breakthrough

Does the imagination have ethics?

APR25With Martin Arnold, Julia Moulden, Diane Blake.

Weekly bull sessions carry on the “Monday Night Seminar” tradition of McLuhan, where open, frank and sometimes explosive exchange takes place in the same intimate Coach House setting where McLuhan once held court. In this up-close and personal environment, a range of participants – academics, business people, scientists, artists, designers and planners – explore the mosaic of the metaphoric city as a source of knowledge and inspiration.

The event is free and open to the public. You are encouraged to register online.

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City as Subject, City as Sandbox

City as Subject, City as Sandbox

City as Subject, City as Sandbox: How U of T’s Ethnography Lab is Embracing Toronto
The Ethnography Lab promotes ethnographic research methods and practice in the university and outside academia. Arranged in interest groups, the Lab explores the craft and impact of ethnography in the contemporary world. In this workshop, we will introduce and discuss the Ethnography Lab’s experiences developing the Kensington Market Research Project, a long-term effort by students, faculty, and community members to produce a body of rich and detailed knowledge about transformations underway in Toronto’s most celebrated multicultural heritage district.

This workshops is open to all within and outside academia. You are encouraged to register online.

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The Video McLuhan

The Video McLuhan

A selection from a set of six video tapes gives the viewer every bit of the feeling of being with McLuhan – a rare, extremely stimulating, and sometimes frustrating experience. Written by Tom Wolfe and produced by Stephanie McLuhan-Ortved (1996).

Video Lounge Series: a screening program showcases some rare films and documentaries that feature McLuhan’s intellectual influence during the Sixties and Seventies. A panel discussion follows the screening. The event is free and open to the public. You are encouraged to register online.

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39A Queens Park Crescent E. – Parking available off 121 St. Joseph St. Toronto [map]

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Hacking the Classroom

Hacking the Classroom

Who is in charge?

With Sanaa Ali-Mohammed, Greg Van Alstyne, Alessandro Ruggera.

Weekly bull sessions carry on the “Monday Night Seminar” tradition of McLuhan, where open, frank and sometimes explosive exchange takes place in the same intimate Coach House setting where McLuhan once held court. In this up-close and personal environment, a range of participants – academics, business people, scientists, artists, designers and planners – explore the mosaic of the metaphoric city as a source of knowledge and inspiration.

The event is free and open to the public. You are encouraged to register online.

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For Whom the Medium Matters

For Whom the Medium Matters

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For Whom The Medium Matters brings together local scholars and field defining media theorists who build on the Toronto School tradition. These are scholars “for whom” the medium is central to their work and address “for whom” the medium comes to matter in different ways.

KEYNOTE

University of Southern California
Sarah Banet-Weiser MISOGYNY NETWORKED

York University
Jody Berland EXTENSIONS OF LIFE: MEDIA REPRESENTATIONS OF THE NON-HUMAN

New York University
Radha Hegde MEDIA MATTERS AND MIGRANT ITINERARIES

PECHA KUCHA

Tracey Bowen GENTRIFITTI
Michael Darroch WINDSOR+DETROIT
Greig de Peuter PLATFORMS FOR THE PRECARIAT
Mark Hayward BANKING AS MEDIA INDRUSTRY
Andrew Herman CATS THAT LOOK LIKE KITTLER
Ganaele Langlois DISTRIBUTED SUBJECTIVITIES
Patrick Keilty DESIRE BY DESIGN
Rhonda McEwen TACTILE INTERFACES
Irina Mihalache THE CHEF’S APRON AS MEDIA
Judith Nicholson SMART GUNS, DUMB USERS?
Jeremy Packer MEDIA’S GOVERNMENTAL A PRIORI
David Phillips AGAINST PRIVACY
Leslie Regan Shade EQUALITY MATTERS
Elise Thorburn CARCERAL INFRASTRUCTURES

Curated by Sarah Sharma
Director of McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology

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On the Nature of Media

On the Nature of Media

MARSHALL MCLUHAN
On the Nature of Media: Essays, 1952-1978
Gingko Press, 2016

With Philip Marchand, Eric McLuhan, B.W. Powe

Media studies has been catching up with McLuhan over the last 50 years. These essays are drawn from the most productive quarter- century of his career (1952-1978), and demonstrate his abiding interest in the materiality of mediation, from comic books to fashion, from technology to biology. Anchoring these essays are four meditations on the work of his great predecessor, Harold Adams Innis, who first proposed the centrality of mediation to every facet of our daily lives. McLuhan took this task literally; rejecting the specialist approach of academic study, he published in mainstream magazines such as Look and Harper’s Bazaar on topics such as sexuality and the fashion industry. The essays offer a rare glimpse into a great mind as it works out the implications of the effects of media not only on what we know but on how we are coming to understand our being.

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Beyond the Buzz

Beyond the Buzz

What holds the community together?

Apr11 copiaWith Don Morrison, Douglas RushkoffChristina Zeidler.

Weekly bull sessions carry on the “Monday Night Seminar” tradition of McLuhan, where open, frank and sometimes explosive exchange takes place in the same intimate Coach House setting where McLuhan once held court. In this up-close and personal environment, a range of participants – academics, business people, scientists, artists, designers and planners – explore the mosaic of the metaphoric city as a source of knowledge and inspiration.

The event is free and open to the public. You are encouraged to register online.

McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology
39A Queens Park Crescent E. – Parking available off 121 St. Joseph St. Toronto [map]

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Narcotic Media: Electronic Technology as the “Genital Stage” of Media Evolution

Narcotic Media: Electronic Technology as the “Genital Stage” of Media Evolution

exp3How do we account for the contemporary western interest in the “body” and in various techniques of bodily and emotional equilibrium, which have come to supplement the new era of technological innovation with a “new age” of ancient consciousness? In this session, we enter a global YouTube community, which, through whispers, crinkle noises, and role- playing, seeks to engender the peculiar cognitive euphoria known as Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR).

Probing the hidden structures of new media environments, the New Explorations Group seeks not only to conceive but also to perceive the ways in which our psyches and cultures are being transformed by our intimate relationships with (de-)evolving technologies.
This series is curated by Adam Pugen (UofT iSchool). Open to all interested parties.

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Living with Dementia

Living with Dementia

Living with Dementia. Re-engaging through Ambient Augmenting Activities

The Interactive Media Lab carries out innovative design informed by applied cognitive psychology and human factors engineering. How can redesign of environments and activities improve the quality of life for people living with dementia? In this workshop, we will explore the challenges of engaging people with dementia, managing their behaviours, and creating meaningful activities that they can participate in without continuous support. We will introduce some of the ambient activities developed with an industry partner (Ambient Activity), and discuss issues around designing for dementia. Our goal is to encourage an exchange of ideas and expertise between humanists, scientists, designers, and stakeholders.

This workshops is open to all within and outside academia. You are encouraged to register online.

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Casting a Vision (Inaugural season seminar)

Casting a Vision (Inaugural season seminar)

Is the future of the future the present?

With Marc Glassman, Roberto Dante Martella, David Rokeby.

Weekly bull sessions carry on the “Monday Night Seminar” tradition of McLuhan, where open, frank and sometimes explosive exchange takes place in the same intimate Coach House setting where McLuhan once held court. In this up-close and personal environment, a range of participants – academics, business people, scientists, artists, designers and planners – explore the mosaic of the metaphoric city as a source of knowledge and inspiration.

The event is free and open to the public. You are encouraged to register online.

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39A Queens Park Crescent E. – Parking available off 121 St. Joseph St. Toronto [map]

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