Category Archives: Marshall McLuhan

It’s out! The Textbook & the Lecture is published

Here’s a blog post about the book just posted by the publisher, Johns Hopkins U.P. I went to school at the dawn of the microcomputer. These were expensive, immobile boxes that only responded to coded commands. Today I hold a … Continue reading

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New Book: Media Transatlantic!

I have a new book out as of the end of May. It’s published by Springer and titled Media Transatlantic: Media and Communication Studies between North American and German-speaking Europe. Here’s the blurb: This book reflects recent scholarly and theoretical … Continue reading

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"Certain Media Biases:" Lecturing via TV, Radio, Text

In completing a research project looking into McLuhan, media theory and education, I’ve been reading about an early experiment on “certain media biases” and the pedagogical form of the lecture. Download a .pdf of the initial report, originally published in … Continue reading

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German Documentary: McLuhan – Visionary of the Media Age

German Documentary: M. McLuhan: Visionary of the Media Age from Norm Friesen on Vimeo. (The entire broadcast can be viewed here.) Interviewer: …but [he] wasn’t a systematizer Martina Leeker (media studies, Cologne): …that makes it perhaps difficult to work with him … Continue reading

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Marshall McLuhan's Education of the Senses: Slideshare & Paper

[slideshare id=2193935&doc=mcluhan-senses-091011185905-phpapp01] McLuhan & the Education of the Senses View more presentations from Norm Friesen. Check out this slideshare for a presentation I recently gave at the annual conference of the German Society for Media Studies. You can also download … Continue reading

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Instruction, Didaktik and Lesson Planning

Two days ago, I participated in a really interesting panel session that compared something as “simple” and “basic” as lesson planning in different national contexts. This occurred in the context of the European Conference on Educational Research in Vienna. Here’s … Continue reading

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The Young McLuhan on New Media in Arts Education

While at St. Michael’s College at the U of T, I came across this 1956 article in the rare book collection. It is a great piece from a young McLuhan, from his Mechanical Bride, and before he had switched his … Continue reading

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McLuhan on "The Future of Education: The Class of 1989"

This vintage McLuhan article was originally published in the now-defunct magazine, LOOK (sort of like Life magazine). With predictions of the end of the school and the university still being widely circulated today, it is well worth a (re)read. There … Continue reading

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