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16 June 2005

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...)

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At 3:37 pm, Blogger Victor S said...

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At 4:21 pm, Blogger Tony Gosling said...

Make your mind up Arch-bishop Willy-Warmer
Rowan Williams - Britain's first schizoid Archbish?
The arch bishop's criticism of online media is amusing when one looks at his own position as head of a church which initiates members of freemasonry, an anti-Christian religious cult, at its highest levels.
Maybe we shouldn't take his criticism too seriously when he, as a supposed Christian, is also an honorary druid. Two entirely spiritually opposed people in one man. No wonder he's confused ;-)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/2172408.stm
Rowan Williams could not be contacted over the Summer Solstice, 20 June 2005, as he was 'otherwise engaged' at a pagan ceremony. FACTFILE: Druids worship the male phallus and like to wear skirts so their genitalia can swing free below - hence the need for a knitted insulation sleeve in the winter.

 

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