Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Commenting on Tina Brown's new Daily Beast, Gapper observes, 'Sometimes I get the feeling that journalism will end us as endless links to other things...' The same thought came to me when, while writing an article for The Sunday Times, I found myself trying to add a link. Blogging is, of course, all about links. I can only keep posts as short as I do by using links for information that might otherwise fill a paragraph. I don't have to say 'tin-eared, bestselling author Jeffrey Archer...' etc etc, I just have to do this. But Gapper's phrase 'endless links' raises a theological issue. If the links are endless, where is the ultimate content? One can imagine a link-lined future in which aged thinkers resurrect the Cosmological Argument - where is the Prime Mover, the link that is not a link, the supreme self-sufficiency? All links will be seen to link to God.
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 6:29 am