Understanding Media @ 50


The Journal of Visual Culture has just published a special themed issue on McLuhan’s Understanding Media on its 50th anniversary. It features 30 mini-essays by a group of fantastic scholars — including, among others, Charles Acland, Jay David Bolter, Richard Cavell, Wendy Chun, Wolfgang Ernst, Richard Grusin, Erkki Huhtamo, Peter Krapp, Janine Marchessault, Jussi Parikka, WJT Mitchell, Jeffrey Schnapp, and Jonathan Sterne — and I’m honored to be among them (and among the few women). My piece, “Embracing the Formalist Mantle,” is about how McLuhan gave me license to say, “Oh, what the hell — I guess I’m a formalist!”

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