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Let's Take a Couple Steps Back. Why This Blog?

Over the weekend, with some loving criticism from my brilliant non-nerd wife, I started to sense that I got a bit ahead of myself with this blog. 1,301 more words

Life & Culture

The impact of social media on our perception of space and time

Social Media (further referred to as SM) creates new norms and structures in the way we interact socially, particularly in relation to space and time. They enable the formation of communities regardless of their geographic proximity and the participation in conversations by large numbers of people simultaneously. 1,123 more words


Emergent Cognition | Collage: Showing is telling / Design as medium, message, and meaning

The medium is the message.
— Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man

From an emergent systems perspective of cognition, conceptual information (the message) is a generative abstraction of the information we process about the physical world (the medium). 312 more words

Emergent Cognition

It's Complicated

These days when people people ask me what I’ve been up to, the answers can get quite convoluted. So in the absence of a FaceBook account here’s a sampling of some recent projects, and just enough back story to make it seem coherent. 919 more words


Annotated Bookshelf: The Medium is the Massage: An Inventory of Effects

McLuhan, Marshall and Quentin Fiore. The Medium is the Massage: An Inventory of Effects. Berkeley, CA: Gingko Press, Inc., 1996.

A “collide-oscope of interfaced situations” (10) and a mini-manyfesto of graphic design mixed with media theory, McLuhan and Fiore’s brief text celebrates the technological and (counter)cultural innovations of the late 1960s, “our electrically-configured whirl” (150). 241 more words


McLuhan and Mad Men

  • The final episode of acclaimed TV series Mad Men aired this week. I’ve not seen any of the show (though now that the series is complete it is ripe for binge-watching), but I did appreciate this piece from Stephen Marche at Esquire, …
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Marshall Mcluhan

“Societies have always been shaped more by the nature of the media with which people communicate than by the content of the communication.”
Marshall McLuhan… 535 more words