Wednesday, January 27, 2016

McLuhan in an age of Social Media: Tweets from a book salon I could not attend

Quick post tonight, as tomorrow is a teaching day. Consequently, I had to miss an event I wanted to attend: a book salon about the relevance of the work of Marshall McLuhan in the age of social media, featuring media studies scholar Paul Levinson of Fordham University, writer and educator Ira Naymanand museum planner Hugh Spencer


But media never sleeps. Not nowadays. And through the magic of the live tweeting of the event I was able to follow along at home. I now bring you some of the pithiest tweets of the evening, for your media theory consideration. 

Selfie sticks, overly Instagrammed food, streaming services -- How does the thinking of the man behind the medium is the message apply to these new forms and behaviours, if it in fact does? 

Feel free to assemble your version of answers to these questions from the tweets below.


#Socialmedia arose b/c #massmedia were not doing everything that #people wanted to do. @PaulLev #digital #tech #tools #cityasclassroom

Brevity is the soul of wit, and we do naturally #communicate in short bursts. @PaulLev #Twitter #newmedia #140characters #cityasclassroom


#Streaming is itself a new #medium which takes as its content the old media. @PaulLev  on #McLuhan #tetrad #newmedia #cityasclassroom


@PaulLev reminds us that #MarshallMcLuhan suggests old media become the content of new media #selfies #photography

Hugh Spencer: Cable TV drama is the new #museum. Binge TV watching, the new vacation. #narrativespace #digitalspace #cityasclassroom

Hugh Spencer: #Museums are an example of #cultural orientation. #cityasclassroom #navigating #identity #community #digitalspaces

Hugh Spencer: #Museums trade in #meaning. They tell us what has #value, or what's worth looking at. #curation #cityasclassroom #Toronto


#Selfie stick & #privacy: w/ so many selfies and information, how do we find each other? - Ira Nayman #cityasclassroom #hidinginplainsight

The #immediacy of new #media & #Internet allows academics to comment on #trends while they're still trends - Ira Nayman #cityasclassroom

Ira Nayman: It takes people who abstain from #tech to be able to really #see what is being #created w/ #digital practices . #cityasclassroom

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