Around about 10 years ago I cam across a little known movie called “Gossip”. The central idea to the film is that gossip and rumours can be looked upon as fact. In fact its summed up by the quote;
Gossip and news *are* the same thing, they’ve always been the same thing. People tell stories, that’s what makes us human.
If there has ever been an example of this, it must be this story of what happened to ITV Westcountry:
ITV has acknowledged an “embarrassing” on-air error after a reporter claimed that a polar bear had washed up on a Cornish beach, but the animal later turned out to be a cow.
Naomi Lloyd, presenter of ITV’s West Country breakfast bulletin, told viewers that the large, white beast had been brought in on the tide close to the seaside town of Bude.
“A walker in Cornwall has caught an extraordinary sight on camera. A polar bear has washed up on a beach near Bude,” said Lloyd.
“The bear comes from the Arctic Circle and an investigation is under way as to how it could have ended up there.”
Now it turns out that the cow which was bleached white by the sea, was spotted by dog walkers… who in turn contacted the TV station. The TV station then put this story live on air.
This has got me thinking. Is news reporting ‘fact’ or ‘word of mouth’?
If the latter, is social media replacing ‘word of mouth’?
For example, if I want to check travel information, I check Twitter – not a website. Another example is that I heard about the bomb scare in Exeter the other day via Twitter – not via traditional news mediums.
Are we really getting to the point where gossip social media is starting to over take traditional news reporting?
It seems that BT Openreach (the engineering arm of BT) , have released a notice advising they will not be taking “any escalations for faults and orders in the London area next week due to the visit of the Pope”.
Odd considering the amount of businesses in the local area that would obviously depend on broadband. Also odd considering this hasn’t announced by other Internet Service Providers.
Your boss is taking a trip around here this week, and I have to admit. As a country we’re probably not being the most welcoming hosts. I imagine we’re probably a little like that family who say “come and visit”, and when you do, they spend the entire time you’re there grumbling, and making you feel unwelcomed. If I was at that families home, I’d personnally go on a charm offensive. Yes it would probably seem cheesy and forced, but there may be a chance I might (in the end) do the the right thing.
Couldn’t you have at least tried to be charming about us?
Now I have to admit, I’ve not read the actual interview itself (not due to lack of trying), and I’m sure the media have twisted your remarks. The thing is, I cant help but wonder what you were thinking when you said;
“when you land at Heathrow you think at times you have landed in a Third World country”
Did you mean spiritually speaking? (As your press man in Scotland feels). If you did why did you say Heathrow, and not the England / Britain / UK ?
It just feels a tad unsensitive 🙁
One last point. Why dont you want to come and see us? Maybe we could chat, sit down around a pint and talk it out.
I understand you’re not feeling great, but you can make it to some fancy dinner with the Germans tonight… we would look after you, buy you a pint or two, plus we do have the NHS who I’m sure would look after you as well as anyone else.
Thanks for reading.
The Church Sofa Lads
P.S If you do fancy a pint sometime, please let us know. It doesn’t have to be over the next 4 days, you could come over and visit at some other point.
‘How can we stop the oil gusher?” may have been the question of the summer for most Americans. Yet for many evangelical pastors and leaders, the leaking well is nothing compared to the threat posed by an ongoing gusher of a different sort: Young people pouring out of their churches, never to return.
As a 27-year-old evangelical myself, I understand the concern. My peers, many of whom grew up in the church, are losing interest in the Christian establishment.
Recent statistics have shown an increasing exodus of young people from churches, especially after they leave home and live on their own. In a 2007 study, Lifeway Research determined that 70% of young Protestant adults between 18-22 stop attending church regularly.
Statistics like these have created something of a mania in recent years, as baby-boomer evangelical leaders frantically assess what they have done wrong (why didn’t megachurches work to attract youth in the long term?) and scramble to figure out a plan to keep young members engaged in the life of the church.
Increasingly, the “plan” has taken the form of a total image overhaul, where efforts are made to rebrand Christianity as hip, countercultural, relevant. As a result, in the early 2000s, we got something called “the emerging church”—a sort of postmodern stab at an evangelical reform movement. Perhaps because it was too “let’s rethink everything” radical, it fizzled quickly. But the impulse behind it—to rehabilitate Christianity’s image and make it “cool”—remains. Continue reading “The Perils of ‘Wannabe Cool’ Christianity – Hipster Christianity: Where Church and Cool Collide”
In the afternoon of 11th September 2001, I came home from town, I put my shopping down, turned on the TV and watched one of the worlds most shocking events in recent times unfold in front of my eyes. You can argue its possibly changed world events more then any other event of the last decade, as its lead to wars, new levels of racism, and conspiracy theories engulfing both the American and English governments.
The members of the terrorist groups responsible happened to believe in Islam