Murrow’s warning

One of the stark realizations at the end of the decade is the fact of stagnant and rancid organized religion.

A huge help in this regard and a place to start with Chris Hedges dark but terrific book the Empire of Illusion.  The title  basically says it all. In a country dominated by puerile  media choices, mature religion faces an uphill battle. One can simply not understand religion outside of its cultural embedding and in the USA and in Canada this is a horror show to avoid. The 49th parallel can not save smug Canadians. It’s the three letter words which we must worry about CBS, NBC,FOX, CNN—it is the networks which carry the deadly virus, sweet seduction to be sure, of ephemera and costly diversions.

Democracy  only has a chance when people use their critical faculties. These are not in evidence in the USA when it comes to religion.any country which a dominant faith group like the Southern Baptists could voye 80% for George Bush has missed the gospel—as it had before with the election of his father and the oleaginous Ronald Reagan.

In this case television and its radical failure and blunted promise shares a major blame,

The noted journalist Edward R Murrow warned us over 50 years ago:

But I am seized with an abiding fear regarding what these two instruments are doing to our society, our culture and our heritage.

Our history will be what we make it. And if there are any historians about fifty or a hundred years from now, and there should be preserved the kinescopes for one week of all three networks, they will there find recorded in black and white, or color, evidence of decadence, escapism and insulation from the realities of the world in which we live. I invite your attention to the television schedules of all networks between the hours of 8 and 11 p.m., Eastern Time. Here you will find only fleeting and spasmodic reference to the fact that this nation is in mortal danger. There are, it is true, occasional informative programs presented in that intellectual ghetto on Sunday afternoons. But during the daily peak viewing periods, television in the main insulates us from the realities of the world in which we live. If this state of affairs continues, we may alter an advertising slogan to read: LOOK NOW, PAY LATER.


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