Thursday, August 13, 2015

A fable for our networked age

A man climbed to the top of the highest mountain, and standing on tiptoe, seized hold of Truth. The Devil, who had suspected mischief from this upstart, had directed one of his underlings to follow him. When the demon reported with alarm the man's success in seizing hold of Truth, the Devil was unperturbed. "Don't worry" he yawned. "I'll tempt him to share it on Facebook"
That sequel to yesterday's post 'Social media ate my music' is an update by me of a fable told by the American investigative journalist Lincoln Steffens. The photo of the announcement of the dawn puja was taken by me at the Thiksay Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Ladakh, India. This was the venue for the Scriabin in the Himalayas concert in June, but in the past two weeks the area has been hit by disastrous flash floods.

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