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Interestingly, this equation of technology with slavery to sin is actually quite compelling, because the archetypal technology of humanity does in fact have its roots in moral justification. In the Genesis story, Adam and Eve create the world's first medium—clothing—in response to their shame in front of God.

A medium is that which goes between. Thus we see in clothing the archetypal pattern for the dual motivation and purpose of all subsequent technology and media. (The distinction: a technology is a specific invention, whereas a medium is a purpose to which an invention has been put. Cloth is a technology; clothes are a medium. The "message" of clothing is justification, which is why you feel so good when you're dressed up.)

Christians like to say that the purpose of technology (they're especially fond of saying this about medical technology) is to work with God in recovering from the effects of the fall. Well, the immediately obvious fact is that if God is God he doesn't need any help from us. But more importantly, technology is an attempt to justify us before God, which has a simultaneous unintended consequence of denying the existence or needfulness of the God whose acceptance we seek. Why pray when you've got penicillin? Why go to church when the game is on? Why do anything to acknowledge your need of an almighty being when the technology and media your species has invented make it actually seem like you are the almighty being?

Thus, if clothes are the archetypal medium, it is very significant that Christ dies naked on the cross, after which the veil (cloth) of the temple is torn, ending forever the separation of sacred from profane and allowing man direct access to God through the medium-is-the-message of Jesus Christ.

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