Appeared in Vol. 7 No. 1

Commentators on the impact of television on contemporary society have often noted the tendency of frequent viewers to live vicariously through the small screen. In the essay which follows, Donald De Marco explores a variety of contemporary phenomena in an effort to show how advanced technology can allow man to project a pleasing image, with which he then identifies, and so avoid confronting reality itself. This virtual denial of nature creates a major problem not only for the individuals and groups involved, but also for Christian evangelists attempting to call a wayward ock back to its supernatural relationship with God. A continuing study of this problem is therefore of far reaching consequence to modern man.

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