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Representationalism as Certainty

Evidently this has been making the rounds: Rittenhouse When I look at this image, I see a concept made perfectly transparent and rendered powerfully with a high degree of technical and aesthetic skill alike. I see a devastating and pessimistic statement made pleasing to look at. Like a "beautiful" but "sad" piece of music, this makes for a particulary powerful combination. All of this is familiar, though it is not to be taken for granted. It is unusual to find the technical skill and the powe...
Tags: Politics, Current Events, Jazz, Abstraction, McLuhan, Political Art, Stefan Kac, Maturity, Representation, Aesthetics


The 20 Best Dystopian Movies Of All Time

The differences between a dystopian story and an apocalyptic one are slight. It's common for a dystopia to set in after an apocalypse, and a dystopian world often hides its true nature, only revealing itself after subtle revelations pile up. H. G. Wells was one of the first writers to popularize dystopian fiction, with "The Sleeper Awakes" using what today's sci-fi fans may recognize as a Douglas Adams gag: A man falls into a coma and wakes up centuries later, his accrued financial interests mak...
Tags: England, New York, Movies, Australia, California, La, Stephen King, US, Los Angeles, David Cronenberg, Ethan Hawke, Manhattan, Stanley Kubrick, Jesus, Christian Bale, Arnold Schwarzenegger


To be an effective writer, spend more time planning and less time writing

Successful writers spend 75% of their time in the preparation and editing process and only 25% of their time writing the content. There are big rewards from content marketing, but it’s also a big challenge. Writing is a process that takes time and effort. Even the best writers have difficulty putting their ideas into words. Most of us aren’t born with the gift for writing. We have to work at it.  According to a study conducted by McLuhan and Davies, a Toronto based consulting firm special...
Tags: Business, Toronto, Davies, David Ogilvy, McLuhan


McLuhan—Mass as Simultaneity, Simultaneity as Fragility

Marshall McLuhan Understanding Media (1964) MIT Press edition (1994) In terms of the industrial age, it can be pointed out that the difference between the previous mechanical age and the new electric age appears in the different kinds of inventories. Since electricity, inventories are made up not so much of goods in storage as of materials in continuous process of transformation at spatially removed sites. For electricity not only gives primacy to process, whether in making or in learning, but ...
Tags: Media, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Jazz, Vikings, Jane Jacobs, Tim Wu, Taleb, McLuhan, Stefan Kac, Music Scenes, Fragility And Fragilistas, Taleb (Nassim Nicholas, McLuhan (Marshall, Jacobs (jane


McLuhan—The Great Withholding

Marshall McLuhan "Woman in a Mirror" pp. 80-81 in The Mechanical Bride (2002 Gingko Press edition) [orig. 1951] This ad employs the same technique as Picasso in The Mirror. The differences, of course, are obvious enough. By setting a conventional day-self over against a tragic night-self, Picasso is able to provide a time capsule of an entire life. He reduces a full-length novel (or movie) like Madame Bovary to a single image of great intensity. By juxtaposition and contrast he is able to "say" ...
Tags: Art, New York, Advertising, Communication, Jazz, Picasso, Lambert, Debussy, McLuhan, Adorno, Stefan Kac, McLuhan (Marshall, Lambert (constant, Picasso (pablo, Syncopation And Syncopators, Whitehead (alfred North


McLuhan—Kicking the Cigarette Machine

Marshall McLuhan "The Corpse as Still Life" pp. 104-106 in The Mechanical Bride (2002 Gingko Press edition) [orig. 1951] A generation later Edgar Allan Poe hit upon this principle of "reconstruction," or reasoning backwards, and made of it the basic technique of crime fiction and symbolist poetry alike. Instead of developing a narrative straight forward, inventing scenes, characters, and description as he proceeded, in the Sir Walter Scott manner, Poe said: "I prefer commencing with the consider...
Tags: Art, Edgar Allan Poe, Communication, David, Jazz, Bob, Poe, Bfa, Walter Scott, Julia, State University, Marshall McLuhan, Eliot, Taleb, McLuhan, Stefan Kac


Bro, where'd ya go?

The first time I heard or read the word "blog" was when I over-heard it on the radio while trying to work on something else. Some glib NPR infotainment piece about blogs, their rise and potential fall. Circa 2004, give or take a year. The funny thing is, something quite glib was uttered in the course of this puff piece that immediately captured my attention and imagination. This was solely responsible for my first aborted attempt at blogging, consisting of exactly one post which, if memory serve...
Tags: La, Wordpress, America, Los Angeles, Current Events, Jazz, Npr, Jfk, Wolf, Daniel, Tchaikovsky, Robertson, Greil Marcus, McLuhan, CalArts, Adorno


[sc]airquotes (viii)—The Determinist Connexion

"The new media and technologies by which we amplify and extend ourselves constitute huge collective surgery carried out on the social body with complete disregard for antiseptics. If the operations are needed, the inevitability of infecting the whole system during the operation has to be considered. For in operating on society with a new technology, it is not the incised area that is most affected. The area of impact and incision is numb. It is the entire system that it changed. The effect of ra...
Tags: Politics, Jazz, Southern California, Jane Jacobs, McLuhan, Stefan Kac, Determinism, Conceptual Art, Simplicity And Complexity, Instrumentality, Individualism And Individualists, McLuhan (Marshall, Jacobs (jane, McLuhan Understanding Media, Warren Weaver


Has TV Rotted Our Minds? On Neil Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death (A Pretty Much Pop Culture Podcast/Partially Examined Life Philosophy Podcast Crossover)

https://podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/traffic.libsyn.com/secure/partiallyexaminedlife/PMP-Crossover-PEL_ep_268_4-6-21.mp3 Marshall McLuhan famously said “The medium is the message,” by which he meant that when we receive information, its effect on us is determined as much by the form of that information as by the actual content. Neil Postman, in his 1985 book Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business, ran with this idea, arguing that TV has conditioned us to ex...
Tags: Facebook, Television, Podcasts, College, America, Atlantic, Philosophy, Plato, Socrates, Marshall McLuhan, Neil Postman, McLuhan, Nicholas Carr, Lincoln Douglas, Mark Linsenmayer, Wes Alwan


160,000+ Medieval Manuscripts Online: Where to Find Them

“Manuscripts are the most important medium writing has ever had,” declares the Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures at the Universität Hamburg. Under the influence of a certain presentist bias, this can be hard to believe. We are conditioned by what Marshall McLuhan described as The Gutenberg Galaxy: each of us is in some way what he called (in gendered language) a “Gutenberg Man.” From this point of view, “manuscript technology,” as he wrote in 1962, does “not have the intensity or powe...
Tags: Google, Books, College, History, Facebook Twitter, Josh Jones, Marshall McLuhan, McLuhan, Durham NC Follow, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Bibliotheca Palatina, Codex Gigas, Universität Hamburg, Cambridge Heidelberg Universities Behold


The YouTube convention

Tragic circumstances forced them into it, but the Democrats created the first democratic convention, the convention for citizens. It is the YouTube convention, with all the intimacy and directness the medium of the age demands: click on Michelle Obama and she speaks directly to you and no one else: not to a cheering crowd, the mass; not to delegates who are included through patronage and politics, to the exclusion of everyone else. YouTube is one of the mechanisms of the public conversation t...
Tags: Facebook, Publishing, Youtube, Uncategorized, Journalism, Democrats, Michelle Obama, Conventions, Donald Trump, Jay Rosen, McLuhan


Emma Willard, the First Woman Mapmaker in America, Creates Pioneering Maps of Time to Teach Students about Democracy (Circa 1851)

We all know Marshall McLuhan’s pithy, endlessly quotable line “the medium is the message,” but rarely do we stop to ask which one comes first. The development of communication technologies may genuinely present us with a chicken or egg scenario. After all, only a culture that already prized constant visual stimuli but grossly undervalued physical movement would have invented and adopted television. In Society of the Spectacle, Guy Debord ties the tendency toward passive visual consumption to “c...
Tags: Google, Art, London, Education, College, Time, America, History, United States, Cornell, Joseph, Facebook Twitter, Willard, Josh Jones, Marshall McLuhan, McLuhan


An Introduction to Jean Baudrillard, Who Predicted the Simulation-Like Reality in Which We Live

Each and every morning, many of us wake up and immediately check on what's happening in the world. Sometimes these events stir emotions within us, and occasionally we act on those emotions, which raise in us a desire to affect the world ourselves. But does this entire ritual involve anything real? While performing it we don't experience the world, but only media; when we respond, we respond not with action in the world, but only with action in media. We have directly interacted, to put i...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Hbo, College, Philosophy, Seoul, Chernobyl, Adam Curtis, Facebook Twitter, Roland Barthes, Geiger, Marshall McLuhan, McLuhan, Kenneth Goldsmith, Colin Marshall, Jean Baudrillard


Welcome to the Skype Pandemic

The rough-and-ready video quality of journalism during the coronavirus crisis is changing the way we engage with the media.
Tags: Television, News, Biden, Trump, Marshall, McLuhan, Computers and the Internet, United States Politics and Government, Donald J, News and News Media, Joseph R Jr, Videophones and Videoconferencing, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV


constant doubt and outrage

When I was visiting in Rome in 2012 I met a fellow tourist, an older gentleman from Australia, who told me that he had stopped a pick-pocket on the train who was trying to lift his wallet. He had cried out and grabbed the thief’s hand. As the train came to a stop, the locals on the train created a human wall and forced the thief out, while at the same time calling for the police. They then apologized on behalf of their city. Rome is a 2,750 year-old community that keeps on trying, in spite of it...
Tags: Facebook, Australia, Democracy, Rome, Christchurch, eLearning, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Knight, Marshall McLuhan, Rao, Taleb, McLuhan, Nassim Taleb, Mook, SocialLearning, Dunning Kruger


best finds of 2019

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. Here are some of the best for 2019. Word of the Year @PhilosophyMttrs — “Word of the Year” — Ultracrepidarian — adjective noting or pertaining to a person who criticizes, judges, or gives advice outside the area of his or her expertise. Media “For years, a small hand lettered sign hung on the West wall of McLuhan’s Centre for Culture and Technology at the University o...
Tags: Pete Seeger, America, United States, Stephen Hawking, University of Toronto, Carl Sagan, eLearning, John Maynard Keynes, Forster, Wharton School of Business, Thomas Paine, McLuhan, Schumpeter, Stephen Downes, Friday's Finds, Karl Kraus


confronting the post-truth machine

post-truth (adjective) Relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief. —Oxford Dictionaries On Twitter, Tim Dickinson described four different types of distributed ‘fake news’. ‘Fake news’ is lazy language. Be specific. Do you mean: A) Propaganda B) Disinformation C) Conspiracy theory D) Clickbait Propaganda The Oxford Dictionaries define Propaganda as — “Information, especially of a bias...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Youtube, Democracy, US, Ursula K Le Guin, Christchurch, eLearning, Brexit, Rand Corporation, McLuhan, Ian McCarthy, Cambridge Analytica, Tim Dickinson, Facebook Such, Brittany Kaiser


mediated perceptions

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. “For years, a small hand lettered sign hung on the West wall of McLuhan’s Centre for Culture and Technology at the University of Toronto. It read, ‘The important thing is to acquire perception, though it cost all you have.’” —Eric McLuhan, Poetics on the Warpath 2001 —@McLinstitute What Is Education For? Six myths about the foundations of modern education, and six new pri...
Tags: University of Toronto, eLearning, Clegg, McLuhan, Friday's Finds, Wendell Berry, Eric McLuhan Poetics


“the strategic and purposeful production of ignorance”

“ You will not achieve an informed public simply by making sure that high quality content is publicly available and presuming that credibility is enough while you wait for people to come find it. You have to understand the networked nature of the information war we’re in, actively be there when people are looking, and blanket the information ecosystem with the information people need to make informed decisions. ” —danah boyd So concludes danah boyd in an excellent piece on what lies beneath the ...
Tags: Democracy, Christchurch, eLearning, McLuhan, SocialLearning


Quentin Fiore, Who Made the Medium His Message, Dies at 99

A graphic designer, he interpreted Marshall McLuhan’s famous phrase in a visual way, amplifying its message.
Tags: Design, News, Marshall, Jerry, Rubin, Marshall McLuhan, Fiore, Fuller, McLuhan, Books and Literature, Buckminster, Deaths (Obituaries, Quentin (1920-2019, Quentin Fiore


Nostalgia & McLuhan’s Tetrad

I’ve been experimenting with a daily email with Colin Nagy called Why Is This Interesting? This is from today’s edition. If you’re interested in checking it out, drop me a line (I’ll post something here when we launch in publicly). This weekend  . It was about more than that, obviously, but the gist of the genre is that all this new tech is lulling us into a sense of security that leaves us susceptible to over-reliance, and even forgetting entirely how to do things on our own. Why is this ...
Tags: Technology, Uncategorized, Seo, The Times, Plato, McLuhan, Colin Nagy, Ever Waser, Why Is This Interesting


MIT is giving you control of a real person on Halloween in a dystopian game that sounds like an episode of 'Black Mirror'

MIT Media Lab is hosting a mass online social experiment on Halloween at 11 p.m. EDT. Called "BeeMe," the goal of the "dystopian game" is to let participants control an actor and defeat an evil artificial intelligence program. Internet users will program the actor by crowdsourcing commands and then voting on them. BeeMe's creators say they want the project to stoke conversations about privacy, ethics, entertainment, and social interactions. This Halloween, the creepiest event to attend might ...
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seeing the figure through the ground

Models can give us a place to start to have a conversation in order to develop shared understanding. Mental models are one of the five disciplines of a learning organization, according to Peter Senge. I have frequently used the model of the Laws of Media developed by Marshall and Eric McLuhan which state that every medium (technology) used by people has four effects. Every medium extends a human property, obsolesces the previous medium (& makes it a luxury good), retrieves a much older medium, a...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Wikipedia, eLearning, Marshall, Facebook Twitter, McLuhan, Peter Senge, John Robb, Eric McLuhan, David Ronfeldt, Gerd Leonard, TIMN Tribes Institutions Markets Networks


dark sides of social media

Ian McCarthy’s paper and slide presentation on the was part of my inspiration for creating the seven facets of enterprise sensemaking. This video explains my problem-solving process in detail. The image below is the most current version, as it has been modified since 2013. The initial research by McCarthy and his colleagues in 2011 revealed seven building blocks of social media and provided a way to look at any medium/platform to see what it enhanced/amplified. In a recent follow-up paper, ...
Tags: Technology, Microsoft, Mccarthy, eLearning, McLuhan, Ian McCarthy, PKMastery, Ian P McCarthy, European Management Journal Conversations


Gutenberg in Mainz

Here is the English version of an essay I wrote  — the birthplace of Gutenberg and of his invention. I’m honored that it was translated into German by the leading expert in Gutenberg, Prof. Stephan Füssel of Mainz University, who just produced an amazing fascimile of and commentary on the Gutenberg Bible.  It is fitting that we pay tribute to Johannes Gutenberg now, as his grand invention reaches its twilight. The lovely geometry of type and the grammar of text have been overtaken by the binary...
Tags: Europe, Publishing, Germany, Kingdom, Uncategorized, Silicon Valley, Brexit, Mainz, Trump, Erasmus, Martin Luther, Gutenberg, Johannes Gutenberg, Marshall McLuhan, McLuhan, Thomas Carlyle


This Week in Photography Books: Steven Bollman

  The internet’s out, so I’m grumpy. Yesterday, it was the electricity. That’s life here in the Rocky Mountains. (And in New Mexico in particular.) You learn quickly that everything is a trade-off. On the one hand, we have the nature and the culture, both among the most unique and astonishing in the US. On the other, we have the poverty and incompetence, which compete daily in a twisted dance of darkness. If you study ancient religion and philosophy, it’s clear that different groups of humans, i...
Tags: Photography, Instagram, US, Earth, Justin Bieber, Middle East, Peru, New Mexico, Cameron Crowe, Bay Area, Rocky Mountains, Photography Books, Andes, Far East, Friedlander, McLuhan


Read an Exclusive ‘Story of Science Fiction’ Interview Excerpt Featuring James Cameron and Steven Spielberg

In the new book James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction, the renowned filmmaker sits down with Guillermo del Toro, George Lucas, Christopher Nolan, Ridley Scott, Steven Spielberg and more to get their perspectives on the importance and impact of the sci-fi genre. Below, you can read an exclusive excerpt from the interview Cameron conducted with Steven Spielberg. James Cameron Steven Spielberg Interview STEVEN SPIELBERG’S UNPARALLELED CAREER has spanned five decades and encompassed ever...
Tags: Books, Movies, Interviews, Sci-fi, Earth, New Jersey, Cameron, Army, Arthur C Clarke, Stanley Kubrick, Toho, John Wayne, Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, James-Cameron


Remainders: From Fortnite to the Fermi Paradox

It’s totally crazy that May is almost done. On the book front I finished up God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, which was excellent, and am on to How to Think by Alan Jacobs (which I’ve got a few quotes from in the roundup this week). As usual, if you like what you read here you can always subscribe. Oh, and a very very happy birthday to my wife, Leila. Okay, onto the links. There were a few really amazing pieces I read this week: The New York Times Sunday had a long piece on the very shady convictio...
Tags: Hong Kong, Books, Politics, England, Crime, Putin, California, Uncategorized, NFL, Whois, Seo, Change Management, Organizational Change, Terrorism, New York Times, Nba


Remainders: From Kanye to El Paquete

Quick update before jumping in. I was in Missoula, Montana for the 11th year in a row last week to do some fishing and teaching at University of Montana. If you find yourself in Montana and are looking for a fly fishing guide I can’t recommend Chris Stroup and his Montana Cutthroat Guide Services enough. My friend Nick and I spent two days on the river with Chris and, once again, he put us on fish with nearly every cast. On the reading side, I finished up the Master Algorithm (fascinating conten...
Tags: Google, Coffee, Facebook, Books, Math, Hollywood, Television, Learning, Parenting, NYC, Montana, North Korea, Iraq, Uncategorized, US, America


Information Transportation versus Transformation [Part 1]

Every year I take a trip out to Montana to teach at a weekend seminar series that’s part of the University of Montana’s Entertainment Management. I’m 11 years in and I work really hard to create original content for each year. This time around I talked about mental models, theories of communications and information, and a bit about machine learning. I wanted to try to take a bit of the content I shared there and repurpose it. As always, you can subscribe by email here. The article I’ve shared mo...
Tags: Media, Montana, Uncategorized, Seo, Mit, Claude, Khan Academy, Communications, Shannon, McLuhan, Claude Shannon, Rob Goodman, Jimmy Soni, Information Theory, Information Transportation, University of Montana s Entertainment Management