With this new web series, I will be sharing both some “picks” (where we hunt for new and exciting objects!) as well as a small discussion on faith. Unlike most of the rest of this website, I will be writing this (mostly!) as just me – KJ. The rest of the website is of course free to explore.
I touch of course quite often in my writing and art the idea of “the image” (in an artistic and religious sense) and there is no more ultimate image on Earth than the television. If you are a person of faith, then television is seen as a double-edged sword. It’s entertaining, but is it too entertaining? It can be used to educate, just as it can be used to dumb down and subdue populations.
Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”Isaiah 30:21
On one of our picks a few years back at an estate sale, there was this amazing looking portable TV. There is something decidedly futuristic about this retro item that I am sure any right-minded alien or earthling collector of Earth antiquities would love. Unfortunately, it is no longer part of my personal collection.
Vintage 1973 portable Television National TR-475U
If you can imagine how advanced this was back in 1973, a portable battery-powered television! This unit didn’t have the battery intact though. But obviously, this is an appreciation piece and not for any type of everyday use.
You can imagine hitting the beach and bringing your portable TV with you. Although, it probably cost a pretty penny when it was new, so not sure you’d risk filling it with sand!
So in the spirit of this unorthodox web series on faith outside of religion I will be using this awesome vintage TV as the starting point on a short discussion on the worship of images. This would of course, in clude the thing you are viewing this on – the internet.
As an artist and writer I guess the aim is to gain people’s attention with your images, words and thoughts. In an old religious sense we could see this attention as a form of basic ‘worship’. I am not saying anyone who views anything is worshipping it, but just that we have in a modern image-based world, so many things competing for our visual and mental attention.
A television, like images in general, is not inherently good or evil. It is an inanimate object. However, in our society, it is (whether we like it or not) chief among the ‘gods’ – those things we assign our attention to if you will. It is also something that has brought a lot of joy to so many through entertainment, education and general escapism.
So it is not television that is good or bad for us, but rather the use we get out of it. It is also something that is used for social cohesion not only in individual countries but for people around the world. We watch many of the same shows. Listen to much of the same music. It is the first time in human history where we can, as a species, truly connect to each other.
The question is, what do we do with that connection across the peoples of planet Earth?
Thanks for visiting! May the LORD bless you and lead you to interesting treasures!