Today’s prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is… “medium.” Use it any way you’d like. Enjoy!
When I read the prompt, I remembered something we learned in journalism class in the community college I went to before I decided to major in psychology. This was in the late 70s and I flirted with the idea of being a journalist. We went on a field trip to the newspaper and I was told that they better not hear of any of their journalists having their name on a petition, let alone, starting a petition, which I was known to do in my little community college where I got to be a big fish in a little pond. So I decided not to major in journalism because I might want to start a petition some time.
But back to the message which was, “The medium is the message.” That was a famous quote by Marshal McLuhan, probably in the early 70s or late 60s. When I saw the prompt and remembered the quote, I became curious and looked it up. That was at least an hour ago so I’m writing from memory in SoCS style and not breaking the rules. Not this time, anyway.
I now understand the quote, “The medium is the message,” a little better having read a brief summary that refreshed my memory. The message is made up of content and character. The medium of mainstream TV news, or even on-line news, has a sensationalizing character which affects the choice of words and content. Too much news can make us crazy. But we have a lot more control if we read the news, than if we watch one of the major networks at 6:30 PM. Oh, we can turn it off or change the channel, but reading or browsing gives us more choice about what we focus on. That’s why I try not to scroll on Facebook. Facebook is a medium which is part of media. Social media is plural. My FB page is a social medium.
Medium can refer to what type of substances I use to make art. I usually do acrylics, but have experimented with alcohol ink. Collage can be fun, then there’s mixed media.
Medium can be comfortable, an in between place on the thermostat or a setting on the stove. It’s the safest bet in most cases, unless you’re talking with a psychic medium.
I went to a psychic once. She said I had been imprisoned as a witch in a far ago past life, but that I was not a witch and never had been. I got this image of brick walls. I’d forgotten about that. It was like 15 years ago. There was a time when I thought I might become a Christian psychic. I bought this book about becoming a Christian psychic on my kindle but I seem to have lost it when I got my new phone. Never read it, but I’m still interested. I bet they (as in Christian psychics) recommend lots of preliminary prayers for protection. It’s not something I’d want to jump into without protection.
Maybe psychic ability is something science will be able to explain some day. There’s a reason why I can find a lost item (sometimes) when I shut my brain off and just tell my body to take me to it. We know stuff that we don’t know we know. Science feels safe when it can explain things. But some things do require faith. That reminds me of the movie, Contact, which is one of my very favorite movies.
In Contact, Jodie Foster plays a scientist who is an atheist. She has an experience with extraterrestrials but has no proof. Her friend and love interest is Palmer, a man of faith played by Matthew McConaughey. I love Ellie’s speech at 2 minutes into this clip. The movie (one medium) is based on a novel (another medium) written by Carl Sagan. Early in the story, they get a message from the extraterrestrials in another medium.
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October 10, 2020 at 3:45 am
You certainly streamed well with this – and I liked the video.
October 10, 2020 at 10:22 am
Thanks, Derrick. Glad you liked the video.
October 10, 2020 at 4:42 am
A very interesting jog through the medium of SoCs , your the second person to mention Marshal McLuhan here this week.💜
October 10, 2020 at 10:23 am
That’s interesting that Marshal McLuhan came up at least twice. His ideas are even more relevant today. Thanks for reading!
October 10, 2020 at 11:08 am
It was really interesting, I thought so too 💜
October 10, 2020 at 7:05 am
Very well done, JoAnna. A friend and I were just discussing the difference between TV news (his preference) and reading (mine).
October 10, 2020 at 10:47 am
Thanks, Dan. Reading is my preference most of the time. My second choice is listening to NPR in the car. Humor in late night shows like Stephen Colbert (sometimes on Youtube) helps me tolerate the negative news. It’s good to have choices.
October 10, 2020 at 9:44 am
Thanks for the explanation of “the medium is the message.” Although I do watch the national news, I also read from other outlets online. I believe that has given me a better overall understanding of what is factual.
October 10, 2020 at 7:44 pm
I admire your wide scope. It does make sense to check multiple sources.
October 10, 2020 at 11:49 am
I enjoyed your post.
October 10, 2020 at 7:55 pm
Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed it!
October 10, 2020 at 1:31 pm
Interesting post. It’s also been my experience that “[w]e know stuff that we don’t know we know.” Even visible proof, as demanded of the atheist scientist in the movie Contact, is often questioned by those who live in another dimension of their preferred medium.
October 10, 2020 at 8:07 pm
That is true about the questioning of visible proof. Arguments and interpretations are always possible. And so is finding common ground.
October 11, 2020 at 12:57 pm
I agree 🙂
October 10, 2020 at 2:43 pm
Saw this on the new Cosmos series. Geordano Bruno, a Catholic friar, spoke of a vision he had that Earth was not the center of the universe and the universe was vast with many stars and planets, infinite. This came to him in a dream vision. He was right. He was burned at the stake. Neil DeGrasse Tyson said that he had made a lucky guess. No that is wrong. I believe he had a vision.
October 10, 2020 at 8:32 pm
Thank you for this information, Deborah. He certainly had courage to share that vision.
October 10, 2020 at 3:52 pm
Fascinating walk through SoCS, JoAnna. Just gonna say that witch accusation fact is an interesting tidbit from your past. 🙂
October 10, 2020 at 8:34 pm
Thanks, Laura. Interesting that it popped up here, too. I hadn’t thought of it in years.
October 10, 2020 at 4:56 pm
You left a lot of wonderful seeds to follow-up on in this one, JoAnna. I loved how you shut your mind down to find something. It’s amazing what percolates into our consciousness when we just quit efforting and relax. Like the way that question we can’t answer surfaces a few hours later out of the blue. What is that? It’s like the subconscious mind has a list of seven thousand things it is working on, and eventually it gets to it… But you know, it can’t drop everything for a bit of trivia every time it comes up!
And I liked the part about the medium being the message. It’s true: the character in each one of us is the root of our message. I think we’re all mediums in a sense. We’re “streaming” the essence of our character in all that we do. But the skilled among us can try to manipulate that and present themselves as people who they are not, and if we’re not careful, we can be pulled in. It’s crazy how wired we are to trust the subtle presentations of character that we all portray… And generally it works!
That kind of leads to your concern about having protection for work that involves receiving from Spirit. I’ve wondered about that, too… I think we set an intention in our heart and that is what we walk with somehow, you know? Somehow I think we receive what is in accord with the needs of our heart, provided we keep the ego’s grasping out of the way to the extent that we can!
Hope you have a beautiful remainder to your weekend–
October 10, 2020 at 8:57 pm
Thank you for this thoughtful comment, Michael. I like how you found the connections in my stream of consciousness. I agree with your insight that, “we’re all mediums in a sense and “streaming” the essence of our character.” That’s why tone of voice and intent are more powerful than the actual words people say.
October 10, 2020 at 7:37 pm
Many of your thoughts about the word “medium” are the directions I would have gone with the word, most likely; but I don’t know because I haven’t tried it.
I’m okay with the right dose of news. I wouldn’t want journalism to go away. I feel like there are many journalists fighting hard to get the “truth” out there. It’s not easy to be a journalist.
But the sensationalism and all the money churning the gears that run the cycle, well, it’s not necessarily bringing out the best reflections of the narrative, I think. So is accuracy possible? Is it possible to have unbiased news? There is manipulating going on. However, I think the bigger concern would be how we might manipulate ourselves away from realizing our own freedom and power. We have choice. I close my FB account for months on end, because I Can.
There’s a lot of wonderful books on protection for shamanic practitioners. One is Ted Andrew’s book “Psychic Protection.” I do not know if any specific Christian books on psychic protection but I imagine it would involve prayers “….with Jesus’ name, Amen.” I wish you safe journeys and always sending the love.
My very best wishes to you, JoAnna! 💕
October 10, 2020 at 9:45 pm
I agree wholeheartedly that there are many journalists fighting hard to get the “truth” out there. and that it’s not easy to be a journalist. I imagine there are various levels of control. Maybe unbiased news is on a spectrum like so many things. Sensational choices of certain words do have a slant. Thank you for the resource for “Psychic Protection.” I’m putting it in my notes. And thank you for the best wishes, Ka. Same to you! ❤
October 10, 2020 at 7:38 pm
I forgot to mention how much I loved “Contact” when I first saw it, that popcorn 🍿 moment in the movie chokes me up every. Single. Time.
October 10, 2020 at 10:19 pm
Oh yes! There are a lot of popcorn moments in Contact. I love when she comes out of the courthouse and all those people are there supporting her and believing her.
October 10, 2020 at 10:26 pm
I’m sorry. I meant this is a sad scene that chokes me up every time:
The love between her and her father and them bonding over the stars. This is a similar connection I have with my dad (with space).
Yes….. there are so many moments in that film.
October 10, 2020 at 10:45 pm
Thanks for letting me know. This is a powerful scene. I can imagine how meaningful it would be for you with the space connection. We remember the golden nuggets from our parents and carry them with us.
October 10, 2020 at 7:53 pm
I’ve been readin McLuhan’s book “Understanding Media” on and off for the last few years. It’s very dense readng and I think I’m losing the ability to concentrate like I did. Anyway, the book was written in 1964, and I don’t think he says “the medium is the message” in so many words, but that’s the gist of it. The next book is called “The Medium Is The Massage,” and it talks about how the medium affects you. Wish there were Cliff’s Notes on it…
October 10, 2020 at 10:21 pm
I know what you mean. When I looked him up yesterday, I could tell it would get deep and complicated. I read just enough to get a bit of that gist. Some things we need to take in small doses. 🙂
October 10, 2020 at 10:49 pm
And his book is one of those things…
October 11, 2020 at 4:58 am
As Christians, we are to have no truck with the occult.
October 11, 2020 at 4:34 pm
Thank you for caring. It was a while ago that I went to the psychic. But I do believe Christians can have visions and messages from God and angels.
October 12, 2020 at 5:13 am
Yes, you are correct. We can. In the past, I, too, was wrapped up in having my palm read, tarot cards, psychics, etc. After I came to know the Lord as my personal Savior, I asked Him for the gifts of Wisdom and Knowledge. Part of that Knowledge is Discernment and I have that in abundance.
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