Does the medium used effect the message being delivered? If so, how exactly is the message effected? Is it effected in positive or negative ways? Perhaps both? If so, does the positive effects outweigh the negative, or vice versa? Is the message actually shaped or altered by the medium? Can it be shaped by the delivery medium? If so, how? Is the medium implemented deeply considered? These are great questions to be asking, especially as one considers the emerging new medium and technology of our own day.
Joe Carter, of Evangelical Outpost, is asking this very question in conjunction with the The 2008 EO/Wheatstone Academy Symposium. The interrogative springboard from which Joe’s question leaps is communication theorist Marshall McLuhan’s argument that “the tools we use to communicate a message can shape that message in ways we may or may not intend.” Joe asks a great question; it is especially poignant from our own Christian perspective.
Every year I host a blog symposium on a topic of interest to Christian bloggers in the hopes of fostering an engaging and fruitful discussion. Normally, I don’t send out an e-mail promoting the event but I’ve decided to make an exception this year since my generous co-sponsors (Wheatstone Academy, Stand To Reason, Touchstone Magazine) have provided over $1,300(!) in prizes.
The topic this year is: “If the medium affects the message, how will the Christian message be affected by the new media?”
The top four posts chosen by our panel of judges will receive:
(1) A full tuition scholarship for a Christian high school student of the winner’s choice to Wheatstone Academy. [A $950 value]
(2) The ‘Quintessentials’ from Stand to Reason, including the Ambassador Basic Curriculum, Tactics in Defending the Faith DVD, Decision Making and the Will of God CD set, and a signed copy of Greg Koukl’s new book Relativism: Feet Firmly Planted in Mid-Air. [A $150 value]
(3) A full-tuition scholarship to the upcoming GodBlogCon (September 2008). [A $150 value]
(4) A two-year subscription to Touchstone Magazine. [A $59.95 value]
For more information, guidelines, and a list of prizes graciously provided by sponsors, please visit: Evangelical Outpost