Sometimes the medium and the message thing can go too far…
It was all facebook’s fault.
It started deleting lines and lines of my text when I hesitated to think or to make a correction. That’ll teach me.
I wondered if everyone else was having the same glitch. This meant I’d have to break one of my fb rules: “Never put a fb status about fb on fb”.
If that were to happen, it would mean that the loop had closed.
I am a big fan of harmony between the medium and the messsage – but sometimes when the theme of the content joins in it all gets a bit … icky.
Such as when the presenter of Have I Got News For You got into trouble in the News – so the whole gameshow kind of fell apart. So now they have a different guest presenter each week…
Or there was when the BBC was in trouble because of its news reporting, or lack of it – and so the news was about the news. The BBC nearly choked on its own tail. I had to turn it off.
Then, on the self same Have I Got News for you, they presented a clip which contained one of these icky moments. Theoretically I should hate it – but It’s not really the medium is the message – it was the medium is the message AND the audience.
“The Dalai Lama walks into a pizza shop and says ‘Can you make me one, with everything?”
In a way, it is a moment of genius – telling the Dalai Lama a joke about the Dalai Lama – but in reality, to combine the medium, the message and the audience is a step too far.
Although, on the upside, I did, for a brief second think of making a punchline challenge for myself : “A *insert spiritual leader* walks into a bar…”. I got as far as ‘Rabbi’ and the punchline ‘…-Mitzvah’… then thought better of it.