More 'e', Vicar?It would seem that Lambeth Palace has just got broadband - and found that the web is a place of "paranoid fantasy, self-indulgent nonsense and dangerous bigotry".
Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, has directed his latest sermon at the media. He sees journalism as rapidly disappearing up its own fundament - obsessed with the idea of 'news' for its own sake. Urgency has become all and the news has started making itself whilst the real story is going on elsewhere. News has become commoditised - the notion of public interest warped into definitions of 'publics' as target markets, each to be supplied with the content that can be most easily sold to them. Worst of the bunch, apparently, are online media. With our interactivity, immediacy, subjectivity and transience, we're the nadir of self-obsessed journalism. The challenge for us is to recover the offline ideals of classical journalistic professionalism in an environment which doesn't suit it at all. Worth a read - just don't blog him or he'll be upset (Oops...)