Tiffany Gee Lewis: Social media — why the medium is still the message

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    Nov. 24, 2013 7:07 p.m.

    Never could buy completely into Marshall McLuhan's "media is the message"--or "media is the massage", as he later coined. To me, the message has always been more important and effective than any media used to convey it. True, each media type has advantages, disadvantages, and it's own unique characteristics. But for McLuhan and his cult followers to take that into a mystical fairy-like neverland seems totally unrealistic.

  • GeoMan SALEM, OR
    Nov. 20, 2013 12:30 p.m.

    I view the use of Facebook by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as an acknowledgement of the fact that it (or rather the Internet in general) is one of today's major battlefields in the war of ideas.

    To each his own (vice?), but I'll not be on Facebook, even if I'm the last person on Earth that isn't using it. I think that the parallel with drugs that the author pointed out at the beginning is not too far from the mark.

    Nov. 20, 2013 11:02 a.m.

    The social media is a signs of the times, when Jesus returned to His Father and the Comforter, He promised would come, bringing the princes of this world to face up their transgressions. The social media seems like a Liahona, revealing to each its own vision of what the future holds. I feel there is no requirement to involve oneself in it, but I find it interesting, there seems to be no hiding place for the lords of the world, these days. I see a contrast between the Tree of knowledge of good and evil and the Tree of life everlasting which was shown to Adam and Eve. The LDS Church gathering a Book of Names/family history/sealing and endowment records and princes in pursuit of the tree of carnal knowledge, blindly without vision, other than creating a landfill to be burned up.

  • Go Utes Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 20, 2013 9:55 a.m.

    Thanks for the article. I am a very infrequent facebook user. In the past three years, I believe that the only things I have posted have been the births of two new children in our family.

    When I do check any feed in facebook (frequently because one of my scouts or someone has asked me to look at something there), one word just dominates my mind: SUPERFICIAL. I am in awe of the sorts of things that people feel they need to share there. ("went on a run this morning" "at a restaurant with ________" "feeling sick today" etc. etc.)

    And this is to say nothing of the total breakdown of what should be private and what should be public. I have thousands of photos of my kids that I consider to be adorable. I have stowed away (both mentally and in a journal) many wonderful memories. But they are for me and family and perhaps a few close friends, NOT for 500 loose aquaintences on facebook to hear about. I guess I am a bit old school in that regard.

    Facebook can be a useful tool, but a facebook-free life can be a happy one.