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Rod Dreher bites into media ecology, at long last…
“Cultures shaped by the printed word prized logic, reason and dispassion. But a global culture conditioned by television—which is to say, by the power of sound and image—to process information a certain way, Mr. McLuhan taught, will revert to pre-modern modes of thought. It will be more emotional, more tribal, less trusting of traditional authority and more inclined to privilege individual judgment. And it will have more political and religious extremism.
If you want to see what can happen to leaders who don’t understand the political effect of the revolution in consciousness Mr. McLuhan prophesied, go see the Oscar-nominated film The Queen. The drama, which concerns a crisis in the life and reign of Queen Elizabeth II, is a McLuhanesque parable of how traditional authority and the power that comes with it can slip through the fingers of those who don’t understand how television and mass media have utterly transformed everything they’ve touched.”
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