Marshall McLuhan

5 Canadians who created the digital revolution

Smart men who helped usher in the digital age

The lost McLuhan tapes

The lost Marshall McLuhan tapes

A recently discovered interview shows media guru McLuhan is still topical, even prescient

The last of the NHL labour wars

Colby Cosh on what hockey can learn from the NBA

A reunion for the Facebook generation

A 2002-themed party causes one man to reflect on identity

Banknotables: a holiday conversation starter

If the Famous Five don’t belong on the $50 bill, who does?

How General Idea predicted the future

How General Idea predicted the future

Three artists eerily foreshadowed modern phenomena like reality TV and Facebook


Rachel wants a baby

This year’s Massey Lectures take the form of a five-hour novel by Douglas Coupland about apocalpyse and romance in an airport lounge


Marshall McLuhan vs. Peter Robertson

If the “medium is the message,” Robertson’s message was clear: life’s too short to deal with stripped screws


Marshall McLuhan vs. Jane Jacobs

The man who helped us understand media takes on the woman who helped us understand cities


Inside McLuhan’s head

An exclusive excerpt from Douglas Coupland’s biography of Marshall McLuhan


How about “Somewhat benign, but sort of an a-hole”?

Historian Michael Behiels commences his Citizen op-ed on the present constitutional emergency by describing the prime minister as “our not-so-benign dictator”. Kind of a remarkable rhetorical ploy, that. I’m from the tribe of Westerners who used to gripe about the Liberal “benign dictatorship”, but I realized how and silly overwrought this sort of language was on the day the B.D. Himself was ousted by his own caucus without so much as a “Thanks for the customized golf balls”. Ever since then, my Zen answer to every kerfuffle, foofaraw, and flibberty-floo about Parliament and its powers has been the same, no matter who was in power. Parliament has just as much power as its members care to take. No more, no less.


The Interview: Douglas Coupland

On his new book, the future of the printed word and bees