Sunday, January 24, 2010

There are times when...

Here are some shots of what I was a part of today...

Does the media fit into every facet of our lives?

There are times when I realise the fleeting moment that is this life. Engaged in some research for an article about Granuaile today, I found myself at Murrisk Abbey.

Murrisk Abbey was built in the West of Ireland, in Murrisk, 6 miles from Louisburgh in 1547 by the O'Malley clan. The architecture is exquisite. The setting is majestic. And the adjoining graveyard is peaceful and sobering.

The calm quiet of the setting was accented by my recent reading of The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. The noise of media was absent. The glare of competing media was nowhere to be felt. The harmony of all was present.

There was no aggression or fight. The graveyard, which is the end of many a fight, was calm and quiet. In fact there was a fresh new grave opened for another passer-by who arrived before I left. May that individual be peaceful.

I love discussing the media but now and again the noise that is the media and the discussion needs to be resolved to the place that it belongs - in the mortal area that is fleeting. Taking this life too seriously can really intrude on enjoying that which is whole, aggreeable, calm, quiet, powerful and loving.

Life and Death. Photographs are no substitute for the real thing but now and again the media can give "some" view of what is being talked about.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

2010: Does the internet foster equality?

Welcome to my blog in 2010. Sorry about the delay in getting back online but I have not had internet connection readily available in my home.

Eircom, the largest phone network company in Ireland and supplier of internet connection is being very slow about hooking up my new home with the internet.
Since the beginning of December we are waiting and cannot get any real info. about the schedule for our connection.
Perhaps this is a unique experience for us or perhaps it is a reality of living in the "sticks?"

Is there equality in the realm of access to the internet? Am I being a victim of bias towards connecting the urban areas and ignoring the rural areas? If this is so it questions the argument that internet access can level the playing field for users in remote locations.