“PM”, the ABC’s regular weeknight current affairs radio program has just turned 40, and so host Mark Colvin posted some thoughts on the “Off Air” blog I linked to the other day. Couldn’t help but laugh a little to myself at the parallels in this quote:
“We no longer have authority automatically, by right of being the only game in town.”
The issue of authority is central to the struggle of church and Christianity to adapt to the shifts in western culture in the last couple of decades (wow, what a pretentious sentence). But it’s an interesting correlation: as radio has moved from being the only game in town, to something of a relic of an earlier age; the only way that it can maintain authority is to be reliable and consistent.
Do have a read of the post – I’ll leave you to make any conclusions about what the implications might be for church.