Marshall McLuhan & Buckminster Fuller’s First Meeting on an Intellectual Cruise Around the Greek Islands | McLuhan Galaxy

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Buckminster Fuller and Marshall McLuhan met for the first time  after boarding the New Hellas in Athens for an eight-day boat trip  around the Greek Islands. The two gurus of the electronic age had been  invited on the trip, along with thirty-two other  leading intellectuals from fourteen countries,  by Constantinos Doxiadis, a Greek architect  and urban planner. The idea was to have a  symposion,” a radical mixing of intellectual  activity and sensual pleasure as the boat traveled  from island to island. Each morning, the  group would have informal but intense discussions  onboard about “the evolution of human  settlements.” In the afternoon and evening,  they would leave the boat to go swimming, visit  famous historic sites, eat in restaurants, see performances, go dancing,  and shop. High-level theoretical discourse was well lubricated with  retsina and ouzo.

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McLuhan’s 1960 Report on Project in Understanding New Media | Norm Friesen

In the cryptic note at the top right (on p. 2), McLuhan writes to Harley Parker, with whom he later co-authored Through the Vanishing Point: Space in Poetry and Painting (1968) and Counterblast (1969). Parker also appears with McLuhan in the 28 min 1969 film Picnic in Space, directed by Bruce Bacon.

This text reflects McLuhan’s then-coalescing thought as it relates to both education and to multiple media forms; and the text serves as relatively direct and clearly-written precursor for the 1964 Understanding Media.

The full text of this report is available as a 7.5 Mb PDF file.

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Marshall McLuhan Centenary in Full Swing!

2011 marks the centenary of Canadian icon Marshall McLuhan’s birth and it’s being celebrated around the world. Especially I’d like to share two go-to sites for all things McLuhan this year.
Dr. Alex Kuskis’s McLuhan Galaxy
and
Marshall McLuhan Speaks with a great collection of video clips.

From "McLuhan For Beginners" by Terrence Gordon

Media Ecology Convention at Santa Clara, CA, 19-22 June, 2008

Amazing!   Walter Ong surfaces!   One of McLuhan’s major Mentors!

The Ninth Annual Convention of the Media Ecology Association
2008 Call for Awards Nominations  

Communication, Technology and the Sacred
Santa Clara, California
June 19-22, 2008

Convention Coordinators:

If, as Walter Ong suggests, technologies of communication and information affect noetic economies (structures of thought); and if noetic economies have to do with what it means to be human; it seems important to consider how the spoken and the mediated word and image contribute to the human soul – or to the sacred. How have technologies and the larger media world altered our experiences of the sacred?