How many of you out there watch no television, including things like Netflix or Amazon Prime (i.e. perhaps don’t even own a TV)?
How many of you raised or are raising children without TV (or with extremely regulated viewing)?
How many of you think you’d like to get rid of TV altogether (and why you haven’t done so yet)?
My underlying premise is that “doors open both ways”. Just because most people believe they choose, and are therefore in control of, the content they imbibe, by opening themselves to a mind-meld with the mellifluous magic of modern marketing media, they are subject to the media’s influence coming from the other side of the doorway. Media are by definition conduits used by agents, so the key question is, what are the aims of the agent producing media content. What’s in a name? That which we call public relations by any other any name would smell as rank (or as sweet) as propaganda. The bottom line is, propaganda is not an option; we are all practitioners thereof. The only question is, are we agents of evangelism or of dysangelism? Are we being “transformed by the renewing of our minds ” (Roman 12:2), or are we being deformed by the commodification and cognitive colonisation of our minds?