First Wednesday 14 :: Telly Talk

Turn out. Tune up. Drop in!

11342-64 Street on Wednesday, January 3, from 6 to 8 p.m.

6 PM :: TV Part 2, by McLuhan Literati
Join us for insights on the history, social environment, and meaning of Television. Our resident McLuhan scholars Marco Adria and Stuart MacKay will illuminate the subject with their knowledge of Marshall McLuhan’s published works, ancestry, and personal legend.

7 PM :: Superfans, by Sunil Agnihotri
Oiler fans are known for their commitment to the team through the good times and bad. And using the tools available to them, they’ve been able to do more than just sit in the stands and cheer. Today fans are providing endless amounts of opinions and analysis, and play a larger role in the information that surrounds the game. Sunil Agnihotri will discuss the research he completed in the Master of Arts in Communications and Technology program at the University of Alberta, and his experience as a fan and blogger. His research focused on online communities, information management and communication technology. His final project used sociocultural theories and concepts to examine the blogging activity of hockey fans.

Guest Biography
Sunil Agnihotri shares his commentary and analysis on the Edmonton Oilers on his blog The SuperFan which he launched in 2010. He’s also the Oilers Analyst for the CBC Edmonton News, providing a weekly television column and makes appearances on local radio. Sunil does freelance work as well, writing about the Oilers for The Copper & Blue and The Athletic Edmonton. Sunil can be reached at or on Twitter @sunilagni.
About the Program
Join the social and cultural community of McLuhan House. Meet artists, researchers, and local residents who are continuing Marshall McLuhan’s legacy of probing new media in the global village! First Wednesday offers opportunities to engage on different topics of importance to our future at the intersection of social history, art, communications, and technology.

About McLuhan House
In January 2016, McLuhan House opened as an interpretive space for Marshall McLuhan’s life and legacy. It was designated a municipal historic resource and restored by Arts Habitat, with support from the City of Edmonton and Edmonton Arts Council. McLuhan was a famous Canadian professor, media critic and author who lived in Edmonton at the historic 1912 McLuhan Residence until 1915.

Arts Habitat acknowledges that McLuhan House is situated on the land of Treaty 6 territory, a traditional meeting ground, travelling route and home to many Aboriginal peoples. We honour the Cree, Blackfoot, Nakoda, Iroquois, Dene, Chipewyan/Ojibway/Saulteaux/Anishinaabe, Tsuu T’ina, Inuit, Metis and many others whose languages, cultures, and practical relationships to the land create a rich heritage for our learning and our life in the community of Edmonton, an area also known in the Cree language as amiskwaciwâskahikan (Beaver Hills House) or pehonan (meeting place).

Please R.S.V.P.. Seating is limited. Suggested donation of $5. Admission is paid at the door or through Eventbrite. Light refreshments provided.

Questions? Contact Chelsea Boos at 780.474.0907 or

Accessibility Information
*Parking is available at the back for people with limited mobility. Nearest Bus Routes are 2, 8, 141, 142.
Please note, the historic house is not wheelchair accessible.

Seminar discussions may be recorded for archival purposes. Attendees and guardians of participants under 18 will be requested to sign an image and audio release form.

We honour everyone’s right to actively participate in the discussion and endeavour to create a place for wide representation across discipline, class, gender, race, sexual orientation, age and ability. Oppressive language or behaviour will not be tolerated.

Thank you for helping make McLuhan House an inclusive environment for all! We ask attendees to:

  • Contribute to a safer space
  • Show care and consideration
  • Keep an open mind to other perspectives
  • Listen well and do not interrupt
  • Validate one another’s feelings and experiences
  • Encourage empathy
  • Refrain from judgement
  • Respect each other’s pronouns and identities
  • Be accountable for your words and actions

Seminars work the best if everyone is free to:

  • Play, Doodle, Draw, Have Fun!
  • Speak with their mind and heart;
  • Facilitate their self and others;
  • Link and connect ideas;
  • Contribute their thinking, and
  • Listen together for patterns, insights, and deeper connections.

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