Monday, October 25, 2004
Kedwards and the impact of lies
As Steven den Beste says in a comment to Jay Rosen (hat tip to Instapundit):
Technological change has always had profound social consequences, but few inventions in history have caused more political and cultural change than movable type printing. Before Gutenberg, "truth" and "history" were largely properties of the Christian Church (and there was only one Christian Church, then).This "counter" provides hope for the future that may yet rescue at least the USA from the morass of hate and vitriol found in almost one-half of the population (the Democratic Party) according the the probably fictionalized "polls" which are spun to create "self-fulfilling ends".
Movable type printing took away control over "the truth" from the Church and placed it in the hands of a secular elite.
Now the Internet is taking away that secular elite's control over "the truth" and giving it to the broad populus.That's the connection. Everything you listed is a side effect of that fundamental change.
The weariness of the public hopefully will cause a backlash against the legacy media and accelerate the reach of the new media.