Thursday, December 09, 2004

"When the link on the blog pings, another soul from the MSM springs"

After watching the recent film about Martin Luther, Kim draws a comparison between the Protestant Reformation and the Bloggers' challenge to the mainstream news media.
[Luther] felt that the Church was interpreting the Word of God for the masses, not as written, but how they felt it should be. The Church was getting rich selling indulgences, time off from Purgatory and Martin couldn't find anyplace in Scripture that said there even was such a thing. He translated the Bible from Latin to German so the masses could read the Word of God for themselves, making their decisions from that Word, and not just the Church's interpretation of it.

It seems to me that there is a parallel between Luther and the Church and the MSM and bloggers. The MSM tries to sell us their interpretation, expecting us to sit back and absorb their pontification. The bloggers and talk radio are providing the translation so we can make up our own minds.

I might suggest that bloggers and talk radio offer their own interpretations along with their translations. But the "vast blogger conspiracy" just means that there are countless sources for interpretation instead of just a handful.

But I still like her comparison very much. (Perhaps because the comparison had occured to me as well. Honest!) So anyone want to write up the bloggers' "95 Theses"?

By the way, if you haven't seen Luther yet, give it a shot. But you might want to brush up on your reformation history first. I wish I had.


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