Media and fascism

“The primary thesis of the book [Modern Fascism: Liquidating the Judeo-Christian Worldview, by Gene Edward Veith] suggests that the replacement of rational debate with media manipulation, the subordination of logic to emotionalism, and the trivialization of politics–all tenets of our popular culture–form a fertile breeding ground for new forms of fascism. Veith points out that fascism has stood in opposition to the Judeo-Christian worldview because of its rejection of a transcendent God and His moral law. […] Veith’s concern is that when transcendent values are excluded from a culture, politics can become reduced to sheer “will to power.” And if there are no absolutes, no basis for moral persuasion or rational argument, then power becomes arbitrary, allowing the side with the biggest propaganda machine and the dirtiest tactics to win. In Modern Fascism Veith relies on Postman to show how electronic media, particularly television, has eroded linear logic, sustained inquiry, tradition, and deferred gratification.” — The Secular C.S. Lewis: Neil Postman’s Unlikely Influence on Evangelicals, by Arthur W. Hunt III

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    • Postman wrote before web 2.0, so no Youtube, and mostly mass media. He wrote Amusing Ourselves to Death in the eighties, and it’s held up pretty well. The linked article emphasizes a connection to Reformed theology, which is pretty alien to me. They have something on Marshall McLuhan, who I need to read. Thomas L. McDonald at God and the Machine writes about faith and technology from maybe a more contemporary position.

      That is a good video.

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