Media Ecology

The media network is a hologram, the great nervous system of humanity and the global brain of society. In this global forum, all the spiritual, emotional and intellectual components of human existence, including our pathologies, are projected.

The underlying reason for globalization and the use of media is our urge to find ways to promote togetherness and know more about each other and the rest of nature. Media raises awareness of global, environmental, social and political problems and helps us to see the impact of our actions and the larger context, of which we are an intricate part, on a whole new collective and intimate level. We are presented with a self image that gives us the opportunity to question who we are, to determine our relationship and responsibility to the larger whole and our purpose, and to shift from our single-minded, selfish way of living.

However, media is a double-edged sword as it has become a tool for profit and propaganda and a means of promoting materialistic values, negative raw emotions, scarcity and pornography as opposed to intimacy, respect and empathy for each other. Our wonder—where freedom of thoughts and creativity are born—is replaced by collective hypnosis and our psyche hijacked by the profit-driven, violent and propaganda-filled messages that surround us on a daily basis. With this methodical seduction by superficial needs, values and emotions, it is no wonder that we have lost touch with our natural habitat, which has crumbled under the effects of consumerism, environmental destruction, narcissism and fear.

Therefore, it is imperative that we create and use media that reflects our highest value and the beauty of humanity and our environment, and which builds and inspires interconnectivity with all. That sort of ecological and evolutionary media would support human evolution and higher consciousness and would promote human values and collaboration to create a better world.

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Mass Media, the Wetiko Virus and the Future of Humanity

by Tanja Andrejasic Wechsler

“The Cree Indians of North America, and many First Nations, have a concept called wetiko, a cannibalistic mind-virus that creates an unnatural desire to continually consume human flesh and gives its host an ‘icy heart.’ Martin Kirk and Alnoor Ladha describe the wetiko nature of modern capitalism:

‘Its insatiable hunger for finite resources; its disregard for the pain of the groups and cultures it consumes; its belief in consumption as savior; its overriding obsession with its own material growth; and its viral spread across the surface of the planet…'”  Read More >

This article first appeared on commondreams.org October 14, 2016