The Few, the Proud, the Controlling! read an interesting article today entitled, “Why Much of What Our Media Says is a Lie.” This may sound like a “duh” statement; and yet, the author’s findings hit a cord with me.
“We consume an enormous amount of media. Entertainment media from music to movies to television, and data from the Internet fill several hours each day for most people living in developed countries – particularly children. Most entertainment media are represented as being a reflection of typical or majority lifestyles, values and conduct. However, [those in the] media are more and more in the business of creating trends (my note – from selling products to agendas), suggesting lifestyles and remaking values and moral codes. A few hundred individuals (media executives, producers, directors, moguls) influence virtually every movie or TV show we see, [including] the music we hear. And this tiny “cultural elite” is widely removed from the mainstream.”
A few hundred people are attempting to shape Western civilization through controlling what is seen and heard through electronic means. Furthermore, as the entertainment industry creates more and more ways to get their message into your head, it becomes even more crucial to filter through the massive amounts of data you’re receiving each day. I like, but modified, what a famous philosopher once said, “It is the mark of a biblically educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”
As believers, as long as we live on this planet, we can’t accept everything at face value. The days of computer generated graphics and photoshopped pictures are here to stay and will only become more convincing. Also, many “Christian” media outlets, thought to be safe, are being purchased by those who don’t have a personal relationship with Jesus. This all adds up the fact that you must keep feeding your biblical filters truths from God’s Word, listening to and talking with Jesus throughout your day, and then choosing to follow where He leads, not where the few would like you to go.
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