These are a few thoughts from Malcom Muggeridge out of the book Christ and the Media. I think that some of what he had to say for our media drenched society was truly prophetic. Here you go:
Future historians will surely see us as having created in the media a Frankenstein monster which no one knows how to control or direct, and marvel that we should have so meekly subjected ourselves to its destructive and often malign influence.
By the same token, I am more convinced than of anything else that I have ever thought , or considered, or believed, that the only antidote to the media’s world of fantasy is the reality of Christ’s Kingdom proclaimed in the New Testament.
The prevailing impression I have come to have of the contemporary scene is of an ever-widening chasm between the fantasy in terms of which media induce us to live, and the reality of our existence as made in the image of God, as sojourners in time whose true habitat is eternity. The fantasy is all-encompassing; awareness of reality requires the seeing eye which comes to those born again in Christ. It is like coming to after an anaesthetic; the mists lift, consciousness returns, everything in the world is more beautiful than ever it was, because related to a reality beyond the world–every thought clearer, love deeper, joy more abounding, hope more certain. Who could hesitate, confronted with this choice between an old fantasy and a newly discovered reality? As well prefer the colored pictures of golden beaches and azure skies in the travel supplements to the sea and the sky; mere erotic excitement to the ecstasy of love, life inside a camera to life inside a universe as an infinitesimal participant in its Creator’s purposes. The choice is clear enough, but how can it best be presented? With or without the media?
In any case, I have a longing past conveying to stay, during such time as remains to me in this world, with the reality of Christ, and to use whatever gifts of persuasion I may have to induce others to see that they must at all costs hold on to that reality; lash themselves to it as in the old days of sail, sailors would lash themselves to the mast when storms blew up and seas were rough. For, indeed, without a doubt, storms and rough seas lie ahead.