Friday, July 20, 2012

Friday, June 29, 2012

A look at McLuhan and meaning

Canadian media theorist Marshall McLuhan died in 1980.  I so wished that he had lived to witness the advent of the internet and digital culture.  I would have liked to have invited him to dinner and ask him about how society and humankind have changed as a result of the introduction of the World Wide Web.  In this article S. Brent Plate revisits McLuhan's understanding of meaning.

"The Mediation of Meaning"

Monday, May 14, 2012

One of the numerous reasons why the American public did not like the war in Vietnam was due to the fact that our media had television reporters embedded among our forces. Americans could turn on their TV sets and see Walter Cronkite and other journalists report what was happening. During WWII the public had to go to the movies to see the news on film before the start of the show. Such "news" might have resembled more of a subjective PR piece than objective journalism.

I see a correlation with General Conference 2012. One of the reasons why so many of us clergy and laity have been disgruntled with what happened at GC is due to the fact that we vicariously have experienced the blow-by-blow depictions of the proceedings thanks to our embedded journalists, i.e., our delegates who reported from the front lines via social media. The employment of such citizen journalism opened the eyes of us back home. Thank you delegates who shared with us. Thank Web 2.0 for allowing us to reply and thus continue the conversation.