Archbishop Chaput on “Catholics and the Fourth Estate”
An interesting and thought-provoking essay by the Archbishop of Denver on the media. (HT: Deacon’s Bench).
I’ve been watching huge amounts of television lately, confined to a couch or a barco-lounger with a broken ankle. And so I’ve actually seen the hegemony of the Michael Jackson story in real-time. Now, while I’m not one to dismiss pop culture, the all-Michael, all-the-time saturation coverage struck me as excessive –and disturbing, given the other stories that should command our attention.
So, I read the Archbishop’s essay with interest. Here’s what struck me as an important point: the decision of which news to listen to, to whom we should pay attention, is in fact a moral decision.
“Here’s a simple fact: You and I have just begun a relationship. The moment you started listening to me, we struck a deal. You agreed to give me your attention. I agreed to give you my opinions. It’s a pretty common arrangement. But sometimes it can have unhelpful consequences.”
So how do we/should we/ inform ourselves? Whom do we trust for our news, and why?