Wednesday, November 30, 2005

A Second Thought 

My blog note on papal PR generated this comment from Markus Pirchner:

Where's the PR? All I can see is a perfectly maintained propaganda machine. No PR in terms of two-way symmetric. No conversation. It doesn't match my interpretation of PR.

He has a good point, but the idea of using one's native language is to generate two-way symmetric conversation. That, however, is not the same as democracy -- a point often missed when dealing with organizations that have belief sets. In the case of the Roman Catholic Church, as in most religious organizations, beliefs are not a matter of a majority vote. Therefore, conversation is a matter of mutual support rather than negotiation. Still, one could see what the Church is doing as a propaganda machine. Thanks for the comment, Markus.


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