[acc-cca-l] A Playful Mind: Marshall McLuhan’s Life, Legacy and Laws, with Paolo Granta

Gordon Gow ggow at ualberta.ca
Thu Feb 4 13:33:04 MST 2021


Hello CCA members, I'm pleased to announce a Feb. 24 Digital Synergies event to mark the 110th anniversary of the birth of Herbert Marshall McLuhan in Edmonton.

The event is open to all and registration information is at the bottom of this email.

Digital Synergies at the University of Alberta presents
A Playful Mind: Marshall McLuhan’s Life, Legacy, and Laws
Paolo Granata, University of Toronto
February 24 - 12:00-1:00pm (Mountain)

This year marks the 110 anniversary of the birth of Marshall McLuhan, who was born in Edmonton in 1911. In the late 1960s, McLuhan was called the "Oracle of the Electronic Age" as a member of the Toronto School of Communication. He later spawned the field of media ecology studies and was anointed Wired magazine's patron saint in the 1990s. He is perhaps the most quoted, analyzed, and misunderstood scholar of the last century and many of his probes on the social impact of communications technology endure to this day. He was certainly an unconventional and provocative thinker, and most importantly he was gifted with extraordinary intellectual playfulness.

This webinar will touch on the life and legacy of Marshall McLuhan by playing with his Laws of Media (1988), a critical framework to analyze any medium, technology or human innovation.

In a highly interactive setting, McLuhan Centenary Fellow, Prof. Paolo Granata, will engage the audience to stimulate cooperative, innovative, and creative thinking skills, allowing participants to cultivate awareness and critical understanding of the implications of contemporary digital media platforms, from Twitch to TikTok, from Discord to Clubhouse.

Paolo Granata (University of Toronto) is an innovator, and a cross-disciplinary media scholar. Nurtured by the century-old tradition of the University of Bologna, his research and teaching interests lie broadly in the area of media ecology, semiotics, print culture, and visual studies.
He is the founder and director of the University of Toronto’s Media Ethics Lab, a research hub that studies the ways that digital media practices and emerging technologies are marked by ethical issues and decisive political, societal, and cultural questions.

When: Feb 24, 2021 12:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

You must register in advance for this event:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event.
Gordon A. Gow, PhD
Professor, Sociology/Media & Technology Studies
Graduate Coordinator, Communications and Technology Graduate Program (MACT)
Adjunct Professor, Peter Lougheed Leadership College
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

The University of Alberta is located in ᐊᒥᐢᑿᒌᐚᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ (Amiskwacîwâskahikan) on Treaty 6 territory and the territory of the Papaschase and the Métis Nation
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