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DEFINITION[edit]

The phrase 'media culture' itself is meaningless. Media is simply what we use to communicate. In our earliest days man depicted animals on cave walls to convey what he saw; maybe even what he felt. That cave wall was media. When Native American Indians sent smoke signals to other tribes that was media. The fact we have heightened the sophistication and immediacy of media makes no difference. Therefore, either 'media culture' has always existed, or it doesn't exist at all but is simply another modern-day phrase we latch onto and exploit (For personal gain. For example, those who promote this notion of 'media culture' most likely have a personal stake in the matter, like the peddling of a book or the furtherance of a career).

We have become media-crazed. Obsessed. It is our modern fixation. But this is not new. Those who believe that this so-called 'media culture' is new and distinct do not have a firm grasp of history. Pop culture. That's what it was called in the 1950's and 60's. That's a label I can accept because it is honest. But even before that we were media-fixated. Going back to the dawn of the industrial age manufacturers marketed and peddled their goods. And even before that, many hundreds of years ago we relied on and tapped into whatever the current media of the day was. Like a painting carefully placed in the right spot.

The fact that the essential subject matter is money is also nothing new. And those who claim to 'oppose' or rail against this so-called 'media culture' are hypocrites because they are participants themselves. They want and need money. They buy the products they criticize. Very few can claim to have risen above. Ted Kaczynski and Henry David Thoreau are two who come to mind. M.P. Landau (talk) 22:09, 10 October 2014 (UTC)