Sunday, January 3, 2016

My new word....

Writing a blog for me is therapeutic in that I get to express myself....its also internecine in that what follows can be myriad things. This is why my new word is means injurious to both parties in a conflict. You may think there is no real conflict but freedom of speech comes with a price in that its a right we all have. I may not write for comment and I say that perhaps because it is negative comment I fear. The point is always made that what it is is constructive criticism but it means control someone exercising control of us and what we do by judging it so its half of one six a dozen of the other or in a word, internecine.

Another example of the internecine is the relationship between traditional media and social media. More and more we are seeing stories generated from posts on sites, Many have led to criminal charges being laid against individuals. What is the harm in this? It seems to me that citizen journalism 2.0 can now lead the news and its as if the media have given up its standards in the interest of presenting what is popular at the expense of what is in the interest of posting.

Abuse is more systemic than can be captured on social media for one thing and is a natural second step to now seek such material as it is seen as good material. Yes I know presenting reality is what news aims to do but we have done nothing to earn this access...who says we have a right to it...are rights being violated if you film me knowingly doing something wrong...what if you encouraged me to do it? So while crimes have been exposed through social media posts the fact is that its an under legislated medium perhaps and hard to police as well making in my mind the relationship between the two internecine. This could perhaps be better articulated but its just a word thing in the end.

Internecine is technology and religion both being sustained. Technology tells me to have it means I am a modern citizen while a belief in Christ makes me more akin the the people of the Bible who fought spiritual battles all day and resisted the trappings of the false heaven of wealth and acquisition as seen among the powerful at the time. This is particularly interesting to me as it is the premise of a book I read by DH Lawrence, Apocalypse. It says in essence that the Book of Revelations was written as a warning to rich men, the King of Kings reigned supreme and vengeance is for those who do not believe. As a Christian we are told that He did not give us a spirit of fear but for some it is the fear of God that keeps us faithful....internecine?

There is a lot that falls in here in my mind. As one friend puts it 'familiarity breeds contempt' well it can and maybe because I believe it many of us grow in love? Even most romances seem to fizzle....the break up seems the norm suggesting that getting to know someone may not mean growing to love them even if it means continuing to love them if that makes sense?

There are things that I could say to explain this seemingly, even to me, ad hoc post but none may be necessary. Life and death may also be seen as internecine in some way.

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