Sunday, May 18, 2014

Curse of the Internet age: lies spread faster than truth, says Rowan Williams
Former Archbishop of Canterbury warns that instant communications making misunderstanding more common not less

By John Bingham, Religious Affairs Editor
May 16, 2014

The rise of the Internet means that lies and misunderstanding now spread around the world faster than the truth, Lord Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, has warned.

An increasing reliance on instant communications, effectively means that people should expect their words to be routinely misinterpreted, he said.
It has also changed the way people communicate, making it less and less common for people to be able to see those they are talking to, he said.
But the former Archbishop, whose time at Lambeth Palace coincided with a period of upheaval in the Church of England and worldwide Anglican Communion, said that he had made a point of reading critical media stories about him, seeing it as “good for the soul”.

In an interview with the Tablet, the Roman Catholic magazine, he spoke about his, at times, strained relationship with the media.

His comments in 2008 about the likelihood of aspects of sharia law being accepted in the UK caused a furore but aides always insisted they were misinterpreted.

Lord Williams, who is now Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, recently acknowledged in a Telegraph interview that he felt relief at being able to return to academia after being at the centre of public scrutiny at Lambeth.

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