Rekindling the Intellectual, Spiritual, Creative legacy of Christians in Culture

We go to the audience's questions and comments as we take up the subject "Word, Image and the Neil Postman Problem" beginning with Gregory Wolfe, author, publisher of IMAGE a journal of Art, Faith and Mystery, artist Scott Ericksen and Jennie Spohr, producer of The Kindlings Muse. Orson Welles observed: I hate television. I hate it as much as peanuts. But I can't stop eating peanuts. E.B. White warned that the visual might replace words. "TV has taken a big bite out of the written word. But words still count with me." Into the debate marched Neil Postman, educator and communications theorist with his book "Amusing Ourselves to Death," a radical assessment of how TV changes how we learn and think, and ultimately how we discourse in what he saw as an increasingly entertainment oriented society. He seemed to favor words and reading as a higher form of human communication.