MIS paper - Luke Hamagiwa May 8, 2011 Dr. Bourgeois MIS...

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Luke Hamagiwa May 8, 2011 Dr. Bourgeois MIS – Reflection Paper When discussing Shane Hipps’ idea that “the medium is the message” is a key point when dealing with the fact that we are such an easily influenced culture. Hipps is a firm believer that no matter what we are being delivered, whether a TV show, song, internet pop-up, or movie, all have a message behind them that influences us. He indicates that even if the medium is portrayed to be nonpartisan there is always a lingering message for you. I feel that there is much validity to that, but there are times that I feel that are not true. He also mentions the fact that the medium can be influenced in a positive way. In terms of a Christian video game that he talks about or videoing a sermon, there are ways that the medium can be influenced for Christ. One final important fact to lay out the idea that our mediums are constantly changing. In terms of the medium changing, there is the foundational principle that if the method is changed the message is directly affected, and changed itself. It is important to remember to not be shaped by the medium, and the hidden messages behind them. Hipps also discusses the medium of print on the church. This I found to be so interesting, because it in no way was what I would’ve thought the topic would be about. Discussing the impact of print on the church, it directly leads to a bigger sense of individualism for each person. He says that before print, people would have to tell stories and garner information from each other. This makes plenty of sense of why people were more intra-connected. With the addition of print, it gave more people a feeling of
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individualism. People within the church began to show more focus for quite times, and devotionals. He also says that this played a big part on the church’s view on the gospel message. Part of the big fault Hipps finds with print’s effect on the church is the lack of
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