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Babble-On: The Role Of The Word In A Barrage Of Words
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BABBLE-ON: THE ROLE OF THE WORD IN A BARRAGE OF WORDS

There has never quite been a time like ours when the centrality of meaning, the credibility of language, the integrity of the word itself, are under regular assault by forces both inside and outside the media.

Alternative facts, false news, counterfactuals, the collapse of the distinction between fiction and historical data, and the rapid popular decline of any belief in the possibility, the reality even, of “truth,” all demonstrate the acute moral urgency for a journalistic ethic committed to value of the word.

For Catholic journalists in particular, and for religious journalists in general, this commitment to the word must be grounded in a commitment to the Word.

No one better argued this case than the monk-poet Thomas Merton in his radio play, The Tower of Babel. He offers a corrective vision for our parlous, chaotic, and disturbing time.

Presenter: Michael W. Higgins

Time: Friday, June 23 at 9:30 am

Location: Grand Salon

 

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