TheoMedia: The Media of God and the Digital Age, by Andrew Byers. A brand new book on media, TheoMedia gives serious theological treatment to media as a phenomenon ordained by God. In contrast to the prophetic critique of technology (see the technology bibliography), here is a theological case for creating and using media well in the digital age.
Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man, by Marshall McLuhan. This book created a field called media ecology, which examines how different mediums affect entire cultures. Ever hear the phrase “the medium is the message?” Here’s where it starts. A foundational text for anybody trying to understand how media shapes modern life.
Amusing Ourselves to Death, by Neil Postman. Truly one of the best critiques of TV and other electronic media, and how they’re shaping culture. A disturbing look at how politics, journalism, and even religion are shaped by media – and how we can retake media to serve our highest human aspirations.
Communication for Life: Christian Stewardship in Community and Media, by Quentin Schulze. A great starting place for engaging communication and media as a Christian.