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McLuhan's Message Seminars
A series of panel discussions exploring the work and ideas of Marshall McLuhan with reference to the modern world as we now know it. The collection contains four seminars, which took place at Watershed as part of the McLuhan's Message centenary celebrations.
6 Oct 2011
On Thu 6 Oct Watershed hosted a day of panel discussions focussing on the work and theories of Marshall McLuhan, which brought together speakers from Canada and Bristol, including some of McLuhan's former colleagues. The conference took place as part of Watershed's McLuhan's Message centenary celebrations and included 4 seminars, each of which focused on a different aspect of McLuhan's work.
This collection contains recordings of all four seminars, which explored a wide range of McLuhan's ideas including the relevance of 'The Global Village', McLuhan's portentious prediction of the internet, the significance of his theory that technology becomes an extension of the person using it, his radical forecast of new media, and the significance of his theories in relation to the rapidly shifting musical landscape.
McLuhan was the original media guru and it's very exciting to explore his legacy and influence. He radically changed the way we think about technology and culture, and whilst his most famous phrases the 'Medium is the Message' and 'Global Village' are now very much part of our common language there was so much more to this original and influential thinker. We will explore his ideas in relation to the ongoing digital explosion and measure his impact on today's culture and ideas in this Watershed season.
Mark Cosgrove, Watershed’s Head of Programme
Seminar 1: The Walled Garden A panel of industry experts discuss the phenomena of the 'walled garden', and the effect it has on the digital world.
Seminar 2: Extension The panel discuss McLuhan's theories of media extension with emphasis on gaming and its impact on human behaviour.
Seminar 3: Understanding New Media A lively panel discussion which unpicks the pros and cons of new media in the context of Marshall McLuhan's predictions.
Seminar 4: Paul Morley in Conversation Music journalist Paul Morley and artist Simon Poulter discuss the rapidly evolving musical landscape in the context of Marshall McLuhan's theories.