Dial-in Details for the Final #UMRG Meeting

On Monday, May 27th, at 16:00 CET we will have our final virtual meeting for #UMRG. Click this link to see the meeting in your own timezone.

We will use Adobe Connect. Click on the following link to join the meeting:

http://meet79324623.adobeconnect.com/umrg-10

We have all finished Understanding Media now and will explore together once more. This we will use Lawrence’s audio summary and his questions as our guide. There should be a lot of discussion, so make sure the microphone of your computer is working. Go here if you think you need help with Adobe Connect.

See you there!

P.S. Can somebody please remind me at the beginning of the session to press the record button? Thanks!

Dial-in Details for the Terry Gordon Lecture

On Monday, May 20th, at 16:00 CET we will have our next virtual meeting for #UMRG. Click this link to see the meeting in your own timezone.

We will use Adobe Connect. Click on the following link to join the meeting:

http://meet79324623.adobeconnect.com/umrg-9

This week Terry Gordon will give a guest lecture about McLuhan. There should be a lot of discussion (don’t forget to look at Will Monroe’s questions), so make sure the microphone of your computer is working. Go here if you think you need help with Adobe Connect.

See you there!

P.S. Can somebody please remind me at the beginning of the session to press the record button? Thanks!

Mark the date! Terry Gordon to Lecture on McLuhan for #UMRG

W. Terrence Gordon

W. Terrence Gordon

W. Terrence (Terry) Gordon has kindly offered to give us a virtual guest lecture on McLuhan. He is the author of many books and is the editor of Gingko Press’ Critical Edition of Understanding Media](http://www.gingkopress.com/02-mcl/understanding-media.html).

When and where?

The lecture will be on Monday May 20th at 16:00 CET (click here for your own timezone).

The URL for the Adobe Connect session is the following:

http://meet79324623.adobeconnect.com/umrg-9

Discussing #UMRG Chapters 26 to 29

On Monday, May 13th, at 16:00 CET we will have our next virtual meeting for #UMRG. Click this link to see the meeting in your own timezone.

We will use Adobe Connect. Click on the following link to join the meeting:

http://meet79324623.adobeconnect.com/umrg-8

This week we will look at the chapters about the typewriter, the telephone, the phonograph and the movies. Dennie and Ñusta have created summaries with questions that we will try and answer together. There should be a lot of discussion, so make sure the microphone of your computer is working. Go here if you think you need help with Adobe Connect.

See you there!

P.S. Can somebody please remind me at the beginning of the session to press the record button? Thanks!

Discussing #UMRG Chapters 23, 24 and 25

On Monday, May 6th, at 16:00 CET we will have our next virtual meeting for #UMRG. Click this link to see the meeting in your own timezone.

We will use Adobe Connect. Click on the following link to join the meeting:

http://meet79324623.adobeconnect.com/umrg-7

This week we will have a guest: game designer Kars Alfrink from Hubbub. Rhonda Jessen has written a summary and asks us two questions, while I have also asked a few questions about games on the basis of some McLuhan quotes. There should be a lot of discussion, so make sure the microphone of your computer is working. Go here if you think you need help with Adobe Connect.

See you there!

P.S. Can somebody please remind me at the beginning of the session to press the record button? Thanks!

Hubbub Game Designer Kars Alfrink Speaking about Games and McLuhan at #UMRG

This week we will be reading chapters 23-25 of Understanding Media. Chapter 24 is titled: “Games – The Extensions of Man”. So I have asked Kars Alfrink, founder, part­ner and prin­ci­pal designer at Hubbub to give a short talk about games and McLuhan and engage with us in a further exploration of the the topic.

Logistics

The conversation will be on Monday, May 6th at 16:00 CET (click here for your own timezone).

We will use Adobe Connect for the session. You can launch Adobe Connect using the following URL:

http://meet79324623.adobeconnect.com/umrg-7

About Hubbub

Hubbub is an international design studio that researches, designs and develops new games and forms of play, to spark social change. They have an incredibly diverse portfolio of game projects that is well worth exploring. Many people in the Netherlands have seen the Playing with Pigs project in the media:

But his other games deserve at least as much attention. Check out the game he designed for the Dutch tax office as a way to engender organization change:

Kars will talk about play and games and how non-institutionalized play is different from institutionalized games. As preparation, it would be good to read a blog post that he wrote after delivering a lecture at the Hide & Seek Weekender last year. It is titled:

The Strange Things People Play.

As always it would be good if you could let me know if you will be at this virtual discussion:

Guest Lecture Mark Federman for #UMRG

On Monday, April 29th, at 16:00 CET we will have our next virtual meeting for #UMRG. Click this link to see the meeting in your own timezone.

We will use Adobe Connect. Click on the following link to join the meeting:

http://meet79324623.adobeconnect.com/umrg-6

We have read chapters 20, 21 and 22, but will likely not have the time to discuss these as we have a special guest: the McLuhan specialist Mark Federman.

See you in a bit!

P.S. Can somebody please remind me at the beginning of the session to press the record button? Thanks!

Join Mark Federman for a #UMRG Discussion on April 29th

This week we had a little lull in the discussion around McLuhan’s Understanding Media. I moved the time slot for our weekly call and made it very hard for people to attend. Next week we will be coming back with a vengeance though with a short guest talk by Mark Federman with a good discussion following his talk.

What will Mark talk about?

Mark describes what he will talk about as follows:

What I intend to do is tie together McLuhan’s work from “the medium is the message” through Laws of Media, to demonstrate: (a) how Laws of Media (tetrads) were embedded (although not intentionally) in Understanding Media; (b) how to understand Media Temperature (Hot and Cool) in a way that is useful (which McLuhan himself could not see, which to me illustrates his genius that he created such a useful concept without cognitively or explicitly fully understanding its implications or application); (c) an extension of McLuhan’s work which I call “Media Equivalency” that is invaluable for contemporary analysis.

This would be a mash-up of several seminars I would do in a graduate course called “Applied McLuhanistics” that I used to teach at the McLuhan Program at U of T, plus several places around the world as a visiting professor.

Who is Mark Federman?

Mark Federman

Mark Federman

You can read more about Mark at his blog which has a nice split between “The Medium” on the left and “The Messages” on the right. I first learned about Mark through his excellent book McLuhan for Managers: New Tools for New Thinking.

The Logistics

The talk will be on our regular spot: Monday 29th of April at 16:00 CET. Click here for your local timezone. We will use the following Adobe Connect URL:

http://meet79324623.adobeconnect.com/umrg-6

It would be great if you could speak and ask question, so make sure to look at these instructions if you haven’t used Adobe Connect before.

Let me know that you will be there

I don’t want Mark to show up for an empty audience. Can you please use the following poll to confirm that you will be dialling in?

Discussing #UMRG Chapters 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19

On Monday, April 22th, at 15:00 CET we will have our next virtual meeting for #UMRG. Click this link to see the meeting in your own timezone. Please note that (for once) this is an hour earlier than our regular time.

We will use Adobe Connect. Click on the following link to join the meeting:

http://meet79324623.adobeconnect.com/umrg-5

Once again we will discuss the chapters in a “Socratic” manner. It is therefore important that you have a headset and a microphone (or use the built-in functionality of your laptop). Please test your connection and audio first using these instructions. I have not received any summaries (so far), so please bring a few questions about the chapters into the call.

See you Monday!

P.S. Can somebody please remind me at the beginning of the session to press the record button? Thanks!

Discussing #UMRG Chapters 11, 12, 13 and 14

On Monday, April 15th, at 16:00 CET we will have our next virtual meeting for #UMRG. Click this link to see the meeting in your own timezone.

We will use Adobe Connect. Click on the following link to join the meeting:

http://meet79324623.adobeconnect.com/umrg-4

Once again we will discuss the chapter in a “Socratic” manner using the thoughts and questions of Tatiana and Stephen’s summary as a starting point. It is therefore important that you have a headset and a microphone (or use the built-in functionality of your laptop). Please test your connection and audio first using these instructions.

See you Monday!

P.S. Can somebody please remind me at the beginning of the session to press the record button? Thanks!