Thursday, October 11, 2007

The Impermanence of Tragedy in a Networked World

Despite the momentary lull, the crackdown bodes ill for the superstitious Than Shwe kleptocracy that has until now been able to rule Burma with an iron fist, because even the military, through its mindful cultivation and supervision of the Buddhist clergy, would be the first to admit that no good karma can come from the killing of monks. By the same token, no good can come of the killing journalists, who collectively, despite individual imperfections and failings, serve as a lay clergy of sorts, moral arbitrers for much of the world outside of closed countries like Burma, from Moscow to Baghdad, from Johannesburg to Japan. |Cunningham: Burma Fades from View - Informed Comment: Global Affairs|
I thought this was a very well-written paragraph. The analogy of the media as the clergy of the information age bemuses me... I'd prefer to think of journalists as pilgrims and information scientists as the high priests of the information age.

Journalists just rush blithely from massacre to mishap without any apparent deeper thought as to the trends underlying these developments.

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