Fratelli Tutti 205: Modern Media, Good and Bad

In this paragraph, Pope Francis cites what he and others have written about frequently this century, that there is much good and much ill to be found in today’s use of media. Can we find greater solidarity, greater advances, a greater good from the options we have, especially online? He seems to think the potential is there:

205. In today’s globalized world, “the media can help us to feel closer to one another, creating a sense of the unity of the human family which in turn can inspire solidarity and serious efforts to ensure a more dignified life for all… The media can help us greatly in this, especially nowadays, when the networks of human communication have made unprecedented advances. The internet, in particular, offers immense possibilities for encounter and solidarity. This is something truly good, a gift from God”. [Message for the 2014 World Communications Day(24 January 2014): AAS 106 (2014), 113] We need constantly to ensure that present-day forms of communication are in fact guiding us to generous encounter with others, to honest pursuit of the whole truth, to service, to closeness to the underprivileged and to the promotion of the common good. As the Bishops of Australia have pointed out, we cannot accept “a digital world designed to exploit our weaknesses and bring out the worst in people”. [Australian Catholic Bishop’ Conference, Commission for Social Justice, Mission and Service, Making It Real: Genuine Human Encounter in Our Digital World (November 2019)]

I was reading today of a new social media platform, one of the alternatives to the Big Ones, and associated with conservatives. After just a few days of launch, filled with pornography. I wonder how the Right of previous generations would react to being at the forefront of the abuse of women. Seems a far cry from values of courtesy as expressed by many people I’ve known.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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