McLuhan: Media “in Luciferian conspiracy” [MM Monday]

So, let’s explore!

In a Crisis Magazine interview, Fr. John Hardon, S.J., describes his discovering a remarkable ‘probe’ by the most famous media professor of all time:

Father Mole showed me the letter which he had just received from McLuhan, and in the postscript of that letter McLuhan wrote this statement, “The modem media are engaged in a Luciferian conspiracy against the truth.” Certain statements you never forget. And that was prophetic.

Looking back on McLuhan’s statements about what modern media have accomplished, we find a few items which perhaps McLuhan considered, especially from his Catholic perspective, indeed “Luciferian” –

  • modern man’s experience of being “a kind of disembodied spirit”
  • loss of private identity
  • communities “destroyed”
  • families reduced to “bare-bones”, under tremendous “stress”
  • “state becomes religion”

etcetera. Is that to say we can find nothing laud-worthy about modern media? Not in my view — McLuhan’s words were, after all, “…engaged in a Luciferian conspiracy…” rather than “…are a Luciferian conspiracy…”

Consider: This past Friday, “Gosnell” was trending on Twitter, due to public outcry against mainstream media outlets for (clearly) avoiding the trial of Kermit Gosnell.

Consider: McLuhan’s probes / statements listed above are all regarding the various media themselves, rather than their contents.

Fascinating, then, isn’t it — to consider the desperate, Luciferian attempts to use both media and message to sabotage man, identity, community, family, religion, and – as McLuhan so smartly quipped – truth? We fail to recognize these attempts. As Catholics would say: What is Luciferian is often ignored or mistaken for good. That’s the danger.

And that’s my probing for today.


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