It seems Herr Popmeister is concerned we may be living in a fantasy world.
Pope Benedict XVI said on Thursday that the media’s increasing reliance on images, fueled by the endless development of new technologies, risked confusing real life with virtual reality.Yeah. This from a guy whose full time job involves wearing the drapes, speaking a dead language and telling folks he knows what the invisible sky daddy in heaven wants them to do. Ironicus, meet Maximus.
"New technologies and the progress they bring can make it impossible to distinguish truth from illusion and can lead to confusion between reality and virtual reality," the pope said.Pesky new technologies. Why can't we just stick with the old technologies and the old reality? You know, the one where women knew their place, the homos lived in fear of discovery, and nobody complained when the parish priest counseled the choirboys with the sacred rod of holiness.
"The image can also become independent from reality, it can give birth to a virtual word, with various consequences -- above all the risk of indifference towards real life," he said.Okey dokey, lessee here. Net worth of the church...[sound of whirring calculator]...carry the six...divide by three...422 billion. Now that's a fair chunk of change there Mr. Pope sir. Buy a lot of funny hats with that. In fact it's bigger than the GDP of most Latin American countries. You know, the ones that are primarily catholic? The ones where 25% of the population lives on less that $2 a day? Now before you go getting all up on your high horse, we're sure the pope is not being indifferent to real life like that while he's padding around the Apostolic Palace in his $640 Pradas, or while he's summering at Castel Gondolfo--no one stays in Rome for the summer--how gauche! Besides, the pope doesn't wear Prada. He has his own personal shoemaker. What? You think the Successor of the Chief of the Apostles is going to buy off the shelf?
He said the use of new technologies should set off "an alarm bell."Oh we're with you there your pontifedness. We mean, take those doggone inter webs for example. Allowed folks like this to do things like this which led to this happening. Got to be the work of Satan in there somewhere.
Benedict’s comments came in a speech to participants at a world congress of Catholic media, organized by the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.Hey, think we'll get any points with the big guy upstairs if we friend the pope?