February 14, 2005

Cojoined and in Need of the Operation

FROM: Journalism: Power without responsibility by Kenneth Minogue

A pseudo-philosophical commitment to evade partisanship turns at this level into a partisanship of its own. And not the least of the paradoxes we find in examining journalism is that this most Western of all practices should embrace so anti-Western a stance. The logical problem journalists face parallels that of liberals who embrace all lawful forms of freedom, only to be told that this apparent openness is itself a form of concealed partisanship. Liberalism and journalism, we might say, are virtually Siamese twins among the commitments of our civilization, and their fates are bound up together.

Posted by Vanderleun at February 14, 2005 11:58 AM
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"Religions are composed of archetypes that have a status above the constant flow of ideas and news stories. We respond (or do not respond) to such archetypes in a reflective manner that determines how we view the world, but where journalism dominates our thoughts, reflectiveness is diluted by the passion for novelty. We move from an article on religion to one on fashion, sport, or public affairs. Like democracy, journalism is a manic equalizer."
-Kenneth Minogue
as i said to a friend today:

these days,*everything* is "normal".
or in Eliade's terms:

nothing is "sacred".


Posted by: doc at February 14, 2005 2:45 PM

Yeah but his sisters have killer butts.

What? He's not related to those Minogue's?

Oh - never mind.

Posted by: chris at February 14, 2005 3:42 PM