nterestingly, this equation of technology
with slavery to sin is actually quite compelling, because the archetypal
technology of humanity does in fact have its roots in moral justification.
In the Genesis story, Adam and Eve create the world's first mediumclothingin
response to their shame in front of God.
A medium is that which goes between. Thus we see in clothing the
archetypal pattern for the dual motivation and purpose of all subsequent
technology and media. (The distinction: a technology is a specific
invention, whereas a medium is a purpose to which an invention has
been put. Cloth is a technology; clothes are a medium. The "message"
of clothing is justification, which is why you feel so good when
you're dressed up.)
Christians like to say that the purpose of technology (they're
especially fond of saying this about medical technology) is to work
with God in recovering from the effects of the fall. Well, the immediately
obvious fact is that if God is God he doesn't need any help from
us. But more importantly, technology is an attempt to justify us
before God, which has a simultaneous unintended consequence of denying
the existence or needfulness of the God whose acceptance we seek.
Why pray when you've got penicillin? Why go to church when the game
is on? Why do anything to acknowledge your need of an almighty being
when the technology and media your species has invented make it
actually seem like you are the almighty being?
Thus, if clothes are the archetypal medium, it is very significant
that Christ dies naked on the cross, after which the veil (cloth)
of the temple is torn, ending forever the separation of sacred from
profane and allowing man direct access to God through the medium-is-the-message
of Jesus Christ.