What is the verb form for media, as in the media? As a force that so controls our life, shouldn’t there be a verb? So that I can say, My life has been completely media-ed.
Sometimes I feel hijacked by media—sitcoms and mp3s are easier to manage after a long day of work than a novel or a memoir or an empty Word document. Sometimes it’s easier to postpone satisfaction in favor of numbness. Eugene Peterson writes this:
Joy is a product of abundance; it is the overflow of vitality. . . . Inadequate sinners as we are, none of us can manage that for very long. We try to get [joy] through entertainment. We pay someone to make jokes, tell stories, perform dramatic actions, sing songs. We buy the vitality of another’s imagination to divert and enliven our own poor lives. The enormous entertainment industry in America is a sign of the depletion of joy in our culture. Society is a bored, gluttonous king employing a court jester to divert it after an overindulgent meal. But that kind of joy never penetrates our lives, never changes our basic construction.
After I spend a night watching TV (insert here surfing the Internet/playing video games/eating fast food/etc), I feel sick of myself and angry with my own suffocating indulgence.
I believe our lives hold the possibility for joyous living, but we are so easily seduced by claims of gratuity from easy entertainment, the sit-back-and-turn-your-mind-to-mush entertainment that is so enjoyable yet often so sickening. How do we hold fast to purer pleasures, to a way of life that sets us free rather than binding us to unhealthy excess?
When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.
Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them.
The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.
Turn again our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the south.