Image Culture

As society degrades, we have slowly seen the elimination of words. Social media has taken us away from informative books and critical news… into peeping Toms, gossipers,  and partakers of amusements. What has led us towards this demise?

There was a quote once heard some years back from Gail Riplinger,  from her studies on doctored bible versions. In essence,  she said that we are slowly being led away from a word-based culture to an image-based culture. This transition has led us to a completely new and power way of being manipulated, to the point where reality subsides to a well-maintained fantasy structure.

Instead of posting words, for instance, we now post pictures to display our thoughts, even though they are usually created by someone else. In order to save time and effort, we now text in general jargon than participate in a common dailogue. And with all the effective communication resources now available, it now seems we are having a harder time communicating. And that means we’re having a hard time understanding.

This is not the first time in history such a culture has existed. We’ve seen it many times before. In ages past, many would worship an image to give them substinance. Such images would provoke certain responses toward a crowd – eventually controlling their way to salvation. From the idols in the Pantheon… to the cross of Tamus, these images contain us in an idealistic mold, a system which purpose is to make one do something for someone else’ gain.

This is why it is important for us to take notice of where we’re going… and what “isms” are taking us there. Politically. Religiously. Financially. Culturally.

True education lies in our present awareness and situation.  And as soon as we plug our screen into someone else’s wiring, we better check our drive upstairs – because, most likely, someone has gotten to it earlier.

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