John Dyer. From the Garden to the City: The Redeeming and Corrupting Power of Technology. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2011. [endorsements]
“The message is the content we transmit from our minds to our audience, while everything that surrounds those words can be considered a medium.” Mediums may include “an email, a handwritten note, a phone call, a Facebook wall post, or any other tool we use to communicate” (p. 117).
Dyer makes three arguments about mediums (pp. 117–31):
- “Mediums communicate meaning.” This is evident “in the way we use various communication mediums: formality, difficulty, and speed.”
- “Mediums create culture (and cultural divides).”
- “Mediums shape thinking.” Two examples: printing press and photography.