Getting back into the 24/7 mass media culture has been a struggle. On top of that, I just finished exams and I’m craving carbs, sleep, and discussion.
But mass media doesn’t provide discussion. It tells us. I’m having a difficult time maintaining my desire to be a part of a condescending and insistent force. I find myself reading articles and thinking, “Really? Fear is the only option in this situation?”
Mass media shows its condescension by only providing one side of the argument most of the time.
How do I take something seriously when I have discredited many of the motives? At the same time, this is a huge part of our lives, a tremendous influence and culture-shaper, so it cannot be ignored. But if I cannot take something seriously, how can I read it with an open heart? I do not want to fall back into cynicism. I will not fall back into cynicism. Yet, it seems that’s how many of us endure the constant alert state. We numb to it.
How do I engage, truly engage, in something so different from me without using fear-based defense mechanisms?
Can I open my heart fully to this influence without letting it cull me back into fear?
I’m all questions tonight. Maybe the answers will come tomorrow.