Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The Language of Media - Part 5

Today’s media culture is here to stay. It will continue to influence our society for some time to come. If you believe that there is a media culture crisis, then I am sure you would agree that it would be important to learn the language of media and to become media literate. In fact, our media culture influences every level of our society, and that includes our institutions, such as the Church, schools, government and entertainment. No aspect of our culture can escape its grasp.

We cannot simply turn off the television or unplug from society. God is calling us to be good stewards of the media we consume. Our responsibility is to distinguish the truth from the untruth because both are present in our media. God can use both truth and untruth to point us to his love and glory.

Learning media literacy is equivalent to wearing a radiation suit. It allows us to live in our society without being exposed to the negative effects that can harm us. We are influenced by people around us as well as our institutions. Our exposure to the media culture not only comes from our firsthand exposure, such as movies and the television programs we consume but also from secondhand exposure such as family, friends, work associates and society in general.

If we want the world to change, it starts with us. We all have a responsibility to become media literate. By just spending 15 minutes a day, you can start to become media literate. We are currently working on our website,, to be able to offer all of the resources necessary to start your journey. We have developed an extensive media literacy program, which can be taught online or in a classroom setting.

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