Is the Messenger the Message?

“The medium is the message.”—Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man (McGraw Hill, 1964).

McLuhan’s famous quote from a half a century ago has never been truer than it is today. The proliferation of mass media—first audio recordings, film, and television, and later home computers, the Internet, and mobile devices—have placed an overwhelming variety of content in our hands every waking moment of our lives. From education, to entertainment, to mindless distraction, the digital media onslaught is never-ending.

But now, in this age of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and every other social-media platform wrestling for our ever-diminishing attention spans, has McLuhan’s prophetic quote become passé? In our current, self-centered, selfie-obsessed, digital navel-gazing culture, has the messenger become the message?

This is the question I am trying to answer, as a writer, as a blogger, and most importantly as a Christian. How do I balance the need to create and maintain a platform with the necessary call of Christian humility? How do I get out of my own way and point back to the One who is the Maker and Sustainer of all things? How do I glorify Him through the gifts he has given me and use those gifts for the uplifting of others rather than my own glorification? And how do I accomplish the very practical task of bringing traffic to my blog and spreading the word about my writing at the same time?

These are difficult questions. I can ask them in five minutes, but I’m not sure how long it will take for me to answer them.

Five Minute Friday

Bloggerhood Etc. 6/2/14

Galunker

Galunker (Artwork by Dula Yavne)

Happy Monday! And Happy June! Summer is coming in just a few weeks and I’m bracing myself for three months of no school. In the meantime, here’s the best (and worst) of the week.

Worst Question.Is This a Sandwich?” by Spilly (with Foodspin Judge Albert Burneko) at SB Nation.

Best Question.Always Asking Why” by Cara Strickland at Carly Gelsinger’s blog.

Best Special Needs Post.Risking Love” by Kelly Langston at Not Alone.

Best Guest Post.(De)Tales: Door” by Aaron Householder at Little Did She Know.

Best Picture Book Concept.Galunker (excerpt)” by Douglas Anthony Cooper and Dula Yavne at Huff Post Books.

Most Thought Provoking.Realizing the Comforts of My Color” by Beth Morey.

Most Chilling.1984 and ATI” by Susanna Wesley at Recovering Grace.

Best Dad Post.How The LEGO Movie Stimulated My Intellect While Gut Punching Me Emotionally” by Lorne Jaffe at the National At-Home Dad Network.

Best Defense of a Viral Hashtag. Because These Are Sacred Scars” by Natalie Trust at Micah J. Murray’s Redemption Pictures blog.

Best Open Letter.From the Lectionary: An Open Letter to Jesus on this Whole Ascension Business” by Rachel Held Evans.

Best (and Possibly Longest) Title.Melodramatic, attention-needy personality seeks public platform from which to spew her narcissistic exaggerations” by Elizabeth Esther.

Best Video.Please Stop Giving Everything Away, Hollywood!” by Glove and Boots (via YouTube).

“I want my Bad Grandpa money back!”