Mass media has always been a two edged sword. There was a day when reproducing remarks was the duty of monks sitting at big tables rewriting what had been written or stated.
That day changed when the printing press came into use to more accurately and quickly reproduce these remarks.
Everyone who could read suddenly had the same information from which they could form opinions, share discussions and make decisions. Of course the process of sharing information provided effective filters; the other side of the sword.
As capacity to reproduce information was increased, couriers began carrying dispatches across distances, then wires carrying the same printed dispatches, then electronic transmission via satellite, and now the world wide web. Information seems to gain credence when it can be read and understand by an informed population. Today, information can be spoken or written by a speaker and absorbed instantly by the listener! However the effectiveness of filtering seems to be impeded by the speed and volume of information transmitted. Enough said about that.
My fourth Spotlight Blog is being published today by the Moravian Church. This examines the time in the 1400s when the pre-reformation message began to be spread in Europe by the Bohemian Brethren. Bishop Luke creatively used this new technology. My artwork illustrates that process of getting the word out. Recorded history illustrates how the word was received. If you want more information, either look at Spotlight Blog BCM, or ask me and I'll be happy to direct you.