A reader named Adam posted a few videos from Wheaton College of Professor Read Schuchardt’s chapel presentation in which he addresses several issues with our media and electronically saturated culture (see his notes for additional quotes from the lectures) . For some background, Dr. Schuchardt is a well known in the Media Ecology Society and is a keen observer of electronic culture, though he himself chooses not to have a TV at home for he and his five kids. Below are two short videos that some great one-liners and observations of media culture.
God Does Not Post to YouTube
- From Neil Postman, “it’s a strange injunction to include as a part of an ethical system [the commandment against images] unless the author assumed a connection between the forms of human communication and the quality of a culture.”
- Video screens may condition us to be willing to listen only if we can tolerate looking.
- We live now in an age that says: “A picture never lies. Seeing is believing.” This is the opposite of faith. This is proof. Faith is the evidence of things not seen.
- You have to be there. You have to speak in as un-mediated a manner as possible. And you have to do the work of the gospel.
No Attention Span Needed
- In a world where everything is vying for your attention, nothing has the power to grab you.
- It’s easy for advertisers to create desires you didn’t have to make you buy products you don’t need with money you haven’t earned to buy impress people you can’t stand.
- Everyone benefits from this system – except for you.
- Twitter is addictive, powerful, and entertaining. Since when did addictive, powerful, and entertaining become the measure of goodness, truth, or beauty? The Bible is really only one of those.
- If we care about what we take into our mouths, we should also care about our media diets – what we take into our minds.
- Google puffs up, but love builds up.
I found these via Adam’s blog The Second Eclectic, so please go check out his site. It’s full of great observations and comments on media culture.