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In October 2011, Watershed is celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the birth of Canadian academic and thinker, Marshall McLuhan, and hosted a season of seminars, special events, and screenings, and a dedicated website containing articles, interviews, films, and resources.
In the 1960s, Canadian academic and thinker Marshall McLuhan revolutionised the way we think about technology and culture in books such as 'Understanding Media'. A professor of English Literature, a critic, and all round media guru, McLuhan's work has been appropriated by students, advertisers, filmmakers, and the media industry at large. He is most widely known for his aphorism 'The Medium is the Message', and concepts such as 'The Global Village' - his potent prediction of the electronically interconnected world we now live in.
In October 2011, Watershed celebrated the 100 year anniversary of McLuhan's birth, and hosted a season of seminars, special events, and screenings, and a dedicated website containing articles, interviews, films, and resources.
This collection contains some of the material from the Watershed microsite, and a collection of talks and panel discussions from the day-long McLuhan seminar events.
Wired review of Watershed's 'McLuhan's Message' season
Guardian: The Big Ideas podcast: The medium is the message
What is the Meaning of The Medium is the Message?
The Wisdom of Saint Marshall, the Holy Fool
The Playboy Interview March 1969
McLuhan's Message: Interviews
McLuhan's Message: Ihor Holubizky Senior Curator at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ihor Holubizky, visited McLuhan at his home, and recalls his tendency to repeat himself.
McLuhan's Message: Robert Bowers Robert Bowers was the co-founder of 'A Space', a project McLuhan frequented during his time at University of Toronto.
McLuhan's Message: Robert Fulford Writer and broadcaster Robert Fulford discusses his relationship with McLuhan, including their working relationship in the 1960s.
McLuhan's Message: Stacey Spiegel Artist and new media specialist, Stacey Spiegel discusses the more comic aspect of the McLuhan Research centre.