We just had a great discussion about the final two chapters of McLuhan’s Understanding Media. We took two of Lawrence’s questions and asked ourselves if we are now constantly involved in a war of the icons and whether there is an escape from it. We also discussed the (prophetic) role of the artist and debated if and how philosophers are artists too (plus could you make money with a philosophy store nowadays). You find the recording here:
Recording of the final UMRG meeting
As this was the last virtual call, I want to take the opportunity to once more thank Marcel de Leeuwe from Leerbeleving who has kindly allowed us to use his Adobe Connect account for these sessions!
Just now we had a very interesting conversation with Terry Gordon. Gordon has edited critical editions of McLuhan’s work and is McLuhan’s biographer. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to record the audio (we used a different system today), but the Adobe Connect recording does have extensive notes in the chat history.
Gordon told us about McLuhan’s imperative to “scrutinize the modes of media in order to reveal the assumption that they impose and the perceptual habits that they foster” and spoke a lot about the media experiment that McLuhan did during his sabbatical. Gordon would love to see educators build on this work. We had educators in the room who referenced the Clark versus Kozma debate from the early nineties and debated what McLuhan meant with print as an inoculator against the numbness that media create.
We had an interesting discussion just now about the usage of phones in our current society and how movies are changing (especially in relation to books). We also talked about hierarchies in large organizations and how they relate communications technology. You can watch the recording here:
Recording of Session 8
Kars Alfrink from Hubbub just helped us to have a great discussion about MLuhan, games, art, play and work:
Watch/listen to the recording
Make sure to check out the chat transcript for a set of links to books, games and concepts.
An UMRG participant’s rendition of Mark
Mark Federman just delivered a wonderfully clear guest lecture on McLuhan’s work. The recording is available:
Recording of Mark Federman Guest Lecture
He discussed McLuhan tetrads from The Laws of Media and gave us a new way of thinking about media temperature (hot and cold). There was plenty of time for questions. We discussed McLuhan personality, his reception over the years and how best to approach studying his work and applying it to our own work. Mark gave a few references. Below a incomplete list:
Below my favourite two McLuhan quotes that Mark used:
We had a small group today with four of us doing a deeper discussion on individualism, transhumanism, Western and Eastern culture and language, the metaphor of the page and the stream, the farsightedness (literally) of Buckminster Fuller, the difference between Money in your hand and in your bank account and the physicality of coins (among other things). You can find the recording here:
Week 4 #UMRG Recording
A big thanks to the participants!
Please find a recording of this week’s meeting, a guest lecture by Daniel Erasmus on Hot and Cold Media and McLuhan’s Tetrads, here:
Week 3 #UMRG Recording
I once again pushed the record button too late, but still managed to catch the interesting discussion about identity and consciousness.
We didn’t explicitly discuss the questions that were asked by the summarizers. Can I ask you to explicitly comment here on the blog on the questions that are asked by Glen and by me.
Once more, a big thank you to all the participants!