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    “See to it no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ” (Colossians 2:8).

    « No Comment (Part 3 of 3) | No Comment (Part 1 of 3) »
    Tuesday
    May012012

    No Comment (Part 2 of 3)

    The sole purpose of media is to promote ideas and influence opinions, especially so that others will act on the idea. Marketing is all about this. It would behoove folks to remember that not all media is fact-based, but all media presents an idea along with the creator’s assumption of the consequences.

     

    The best way to market an idea is through mass-communications: TV, film, popular fiction, radio, news, and popular songs/singers that appeal to a wide audience.

     

    “In the advertising industry, messages are known to be received more effectively when indirectly reaching an audience that believes it is being entertained.” (http://vigilantcitizen.com/musicbusiness/katy-perrys-part-of-me-using-music-videos-to-recruit-new-soldiers/)

     

    Therefore, we need to make doubly certain that the ideas we are being fed through mass-communications are healthy and wholesome.

     

    Do they line up with the facts? Do they line up with morals? What are they based on? What is the creator’s background and belief system? Does the creator have expertise in the area of their creation? What message/idea(s) is creator trying to convey?

     

    All these questions help determine if a certain piece of media is good or bad. Anymore, when someone says that a book is “good”, what they mean is it held their attention. But the smuttiest romance novel can hold a person’s attention. The mere fact that drama exists does not necessarily equate to a good book. One might feel emotionally spent, but where/what are they left with the next day?

     

    2. Fantasy and imagination can transform beliefs and values more quickly than reality. Many of our readers defend their love for occult entertainment with this standard justification: "I know the difference between reality and fantasy." But it doesn't matter! Know it or not, persuasive fiction and virtual experience can change minds and plant lasting memories more effectively than actual experience!

    Popular fantasies, with their boundless thrills and unforgettable images, bypass logical thinking. Their subtle suggestions face little conscious resistance. Designed to stir feelings and produce strong emotional responses, they create new realities in today's "open" minds!  As Harvard Professor Chris Dede, a global leader in the development of education technology programs, wrote, "Sensory immersion helps learners grasp reality through illusion."[4]

    But what kind of "reality" will "learners" find through illusion? And how do those illusions shape their lives? These Scriptures give us a clue:

    "For as he thinks in his heart, so is he." Proverbs 23:6

    "...they obeyed not, nor inclined their ear, but walked every one in the imagination of their evil heart..." Jeremiah 11:8

    "Jesus said, 'You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart." Matthew 5:27-28

    "Do not be deceived. ...he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life." Galatians 6:7-8

    (http://crossroad.to/articles2/08/twilight.htm)

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