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It’s Complicated

These days when people people ask me what I’ve been up to, the answers can get quite convoluted. So in the absence of a FaceBook account here’s a sampling of some recent projects, and just enough back story to make

Posted in academia, activism, agitprop, archives, art, design, ecology, environment, history, Kanadische Kultur, McLuhan, media, teaching, technology, urbanism

Blueprint for Counter Education Redivivus

I just received word that Paul Cronin, Rob Giampietro, Adam Michaels and Jeffrey T. Schnapp received a generous Graham Foundation grant for an exhibition analyzing and completing the inimitable Blueprint for Counter Education by Maurice R. Stein and Larry Miller, from which I quoted in this recent

Posted in academia, activism, agitprop, archives, art, books, consciousness, design, environment, experience, freedom, history, McLuhan, media, music, politics, teaching, technology

remember your life up to this point, then forget it

In honour of main man Phil Ford‘s latest spate of alt-pedagogical ramblings over at Dial M, here are some excerpts from a Norman Birnbaum review in Change, vol. 2, no. 5 (Sep. – Oct., 1970), pp. 69-74. Thanks Jeffrey Schnapp for alerting

Posted in academia, agitprop, books, consciousness, design, experience, freedom, history, McLuhan, media, teaching

Elsewhere

Heading into the new year my web activity is all happening elsewhere. Audiocasts (over at Slow Ottawa) Audiocast #4: Living Lightly with David Chernushenko.  A talk with Ottawa city councilor David Chernushenko, a tireless local advocate for living lightly and  active transport. Audiocast #3: Coming Home

Posted in design, media, sustainability, teaching

Thank You Douglas Rushkoff

Having learned the hard way that hater-baiting is a loser’s game I’m not going to critique or even name the author who recently made the absurd claim, in a Prominent and Respectable Middlebrow Magazine, that Douglas Rushkoff’s Present Shock (whose title said hater

Posted in activism, ecology, environment, media, sustainability

Video: My Berlin talk on McLuhan’s Media Practice

Over on YouTube (scroll down for link menu) I’ve just posted a VHS-quality vid of myself standing up in Berlin on a Friday afternoon in late November 2011. It’s the only visible evidence of a few such talks that I gave in

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Posted in archives, environment, experience, history, Kanadische Kultur, McLuhan, media, technology, vault

Meta-Post: The New Urban Uncanny

Click on the image below for a link to the ol’ Tumblr blog (Boring from Within) that predates the site you’re reading. The boundary between blogs #1 and #2 is porous and may prove untenable, but as a believer in

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Posted in architecture, environment, media, technology, urbanism
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