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B.W. Powe - Marshall McLuhan

09:43 minutes  |  Cultural Studies

Hello Bruce,

B. W. Powe has his way with words - in many a milieu. He’s a poet, novelist, essayist and critic, as well as being a philosopher and university professor. He is most noted for his writings on Northrop Frye and Marshall McLuhan, who figures prominently in his professional affiliations - Powe is a fellow of the McLuhan Centre at the University of Toronto - and well as in his most recent accolade.

In July, Powe's latest book, The Charge In The Global Membrane, was named the 2021 recipient of the Media Ecology Association's Marshall McLuhan Award for Outstanding Book in the Field of Media Ecology. In it, according to reviewer/poet Anna Veprinska, “Powe acts as a guide in understanding our charged present – our “immersion” in the technological, electrically connected, vibrating world.”

Powe’s ‘quickie’ Talk on the ideacity stage 10 years ago put McLuhan front and centre – and gave context to “the medium is the message” and other visionary aphorisms.

Keen’s Cautionary Tale

Andrew Keen

Andrew Keen is clearly not a fan or follower of Social Media Influencers. He is the author of four foreboding books about our unhealthy digital appetites, but does seem to offer hope in his latest, How To Fix The Future. Keen’s core concerns are about the way that Internet culture undermines the authority of experts and the work of professionals. In plain-speak, as reflected in one of his other book titles, The Internet Is Not The Answer. His particular point of view is unfolded for his 2015 Talk, The Failure Of The Digital Revolution.


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