Wednesday, April 08, 2020

Had the blogger taken the trouble to check his scoop...


In our multicultural age how can a self-styled historian and cultural commentator who thinks Krishna is a Buddhist deity be taken seriously? As Norman Lebrecht wrote back in 2006:
Until bloggers deliver hard facts … paid for newspapers will continue to set the standard as the only show in town ... that is the real scandal and it could have been exposed had the blogger taken the trouble to check his scoop ... the supposed fraud shows up the flaws of a classical blogosphere that trades in unchecked trivia ... online blogs won't become required reading until they start focussing on the facts.
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5 comments:

keenast said...

OMG ;-(

Pliable said...

Shouldn't that be OMV(ishnu) ?

Pliable said...

Historians and cultural commentators never let changing the facts get in the way of good click bait - https://www.overgrownpath.com/2020/04/slipped-deity.html

Chris Isbell said...

Fortunately, most Buddhists are fairly relaxed about this sort of thing. Just as well really, given all the misuse of Buddhist iconography around these days. Even John Lewis was selling Christmas tree decorations in the form of a seated Buddha.

Pliable said...

Actually Krishna appears in the Buddhist Jataka tales, which claim that the Buddha met and taught him in previous births. But I don't think that was what John Tavener, yet alone Norman Lebrecht, had in mind.