Helping students think wisely about journalism, media, and communication in a digital age, this volume examines the impact of technological advances on how we process information and connect with others.
|Series:||Reclaiming the Christian Intellectual Tradition Series|
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About the Author
Read Mercer Schuchardt (PhD, New York University) is associate professor of communication at Wheaton College. He earned his doctorate under the invitation of the late Neil Postman at NYU’s Media Ecology program. He is also a member of the Media Ecology Association and the International Jacques Ellul Society. Schuchardt is a contributor to several books on communication and media theory, is the editor of You Do Not Talk About Fight Club, and the co-founder and editorial chair of the online journal Second Nature. He and his wife, Rachel, have ten children.
David S. Dockery (PhD, University of Texas) is the president of Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois, following more than eighteen years of presidential leadership at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. He is a much sought-after speaker and lecturer, a consulting editor for Christianity Today, and the author or editor of more than thirty books. Dockery and his wife, Lanese, have three sons andseven grandchildren.
What People are Saying About This
“Schuchardt admirably integrates the history and philosophy of technology with a rich understanding of Christianity. With McLuhan and Postman in one hand and the Bible and Christian history in the other, he offers a thoughtful and challenging perspective on journalism and media today.”
Douglas Groothuis, Professor of Philosophy, Denver Seminary; author, The Soul in Cyberspace
“Read Schuchardt has been doing groundbreaking work in the new academic field of media ecology. Like his mentor, Neil Postman, he is asking us to think critically about the impact that new technology is having on everything from human development to political discourse to spiritual formation. This is an important book that is a must-read for serious Christians. I highly recommend it.”
Terry L. Johnson, Senior Minister, Independent Presbyterian Church of Savannah; author, The Family Worship Book; Worshipping with Calvin; and Serving with Calvin
“Read Schuchardt’s progenitor is Marshall McLuhan, whose pithy style he so well channels. I once observed Read in the classroom as students both giggled and squirmed in their seats. They giggled because they were overjoyed that someone understood their world. They squirmed because he put his finger on what they had not yet perceived about the digital age. For the student of communication there is gold to be found in this hill of wise counsel.”
Arthur W. Hunt III, Professor of Communications, The University of Tennessee, Martin
“Read Schuchardt shaped the way I think about technology more than anyone else. With technology changing at an ever-increasing pace, Schuchardt is a sure guide to not only keeping your sanity but also your soul, whichever side of the Tiber you’re on.”
Brantly Millegan, Founder and Editor in Chief, ChurchPOP
“Schuchardt’s Media, Journalism, and Communication is a publisher’s nightmare and a reader’s dream. It fits no preestablished publishing category, because it is entirely too insightful to do so; its wine will not fit those wineskins. If Marshall McLuhan had been intelligible, Neil Postman a Christian, and Jacques Ellul an American, this is the book they would have coauthored (with Wendell Berry as their editor), though they would have taken ten times as many pages to have done so.”
T. David Gordon, Professor of Religion and Greek, Grove City College, Grove City, Pennsylvania
“Not only has Schuchardt made the case for why the communication arts are essential to the liberal arts, he convincingly explains how they can make us better humans. This is one of the most superb short books ever written on the role and effect of media, and a must-read for every Christian college student.”
Joe Carter, Editor, The Gospel Coalition; contributor, NIV Lifehacks Bible
“Read Schuchardt is in the business of telling fish about the water they swim in. We ‘fish’ instinctively breathe, eat, and drink media in all forms, all the time. We hardly notice. Schuchardt helps us notice both the fascinating and alarming. Schuchardt says some crazy things about media that just happen to be true, while pointing to truths in the gospel that may strike us as crazy. It’s why he is such a good person to discuss the media water we swim in.”
Mark Galli, Editor in Chief, Christianity Today
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Mercer Schuchardt’s Media, Journalism, and Communication is a great introduction to the importance and implications of media in the digital age. The book begins by explaining how the study of communications is the key to lifelong learning as media technology itself shapes the way we view history, psychology, etc. Schuchardt then goes on to skillfully argue that understanding media is more important now than ever as the average American child spends more time on media than with their parents, teachers, and friends. Schuchardt assesses the dangers of the digital age, listing the following vices of the virtual life: disembodiment, desensitization, narcissism, passivity, ignorance, and instant gratification. His observations here were most helpful for me personally. Such vices, which are both clearly contrary to Christian love and prominent in society and my own life, must be actively identified and combated. In order to avoid the vices of the digital age and effectively communicate the Gospel message in it, Scuchardt calls on Christians to regain the priority of the ear over the eye. Faith comes by hearing and images can tend towards shallowness and the flattening nuance. Given that media itself communicates a message, not only the content that it communicates, Christians must be thoughtful about what forms of media are appropriate and effective to us in communicating the Good News that the Word became flesh that He might indwell in our hearts. The book ends by claiming that media and communications is ultimately under the control and agenda of capitalist conglomerates. While the argument probably has some validity, it seemed a bit alarmist to me and it didn’t seem like Schuchardt was presenting a uniquely Christian response to this fact. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. For the most part it was easy to understand even though I have no background in communications studies. note: I received a copy from the publisher for the purpose of honestly reviewing it.