THE POWER OF WORDS

Words have a dramatic effect on what we know, how we interact with people and the decisions we ultimately make. Words can influence us, inspire us or just as easily bring us to tears. Think for a m…

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THE POWER OF WORDS

Words have a dramatic effect on what we know, how we interact with people and the decisions we ultimately make.

Words can influence us, inspire us or just as easily bring us to tears.

Think for a moment how words have shaped and changed your life: Marry me! It’s a girl! He has cancer! We are losing him! You’ve got the job! Congratulations. Guilty! False. Vote here! Change is here!

Words have huge impact in the social media context. Many people seem to find their social meaning and identity from platforms such as Facebook and Instagram and the power of a misplaced word or photo could cost one a relationship or reputation. Yet people seem to flood the airwaves with all their personal information minute by minute for all and sundry to see. I wonder how many consider the consequences of pushing the enter or share button.

Spiritually Nourishing

On the other hand the extremely positive impact that these same social media have had is equally to be mooted. Some of the most profound thinkers of our age take time to construct excellently thought through topics on Christian themes for our consideration and blog them weekly for our spiritual progress and development. Some of my favorites are Graham Cooke, Kris Vallotton and Rick Joyner — they tackle sensitive topics with ease and brilliance and yet leave the reader enough room for personal growth and a desire to search out the scriptures for oneself.

Looking at media of a different kind – are our national newspapers. It’s critical that our journalists and reporters be given freedom of expression. It’s our constitutional right. It’s what we fought for. With this freedom of expression comes great responsibility for good reporting. A free press reporting on the issues that shape our lives is a key building block of any society. We can create a society of suspicion and blame or one where we build together with our beautiful diversity being the bedrock that binds us together.

To be a journalist today in our fast moving multi-media, embracing much and highly variable morality is no mean feat – it’s weighty and powerful and as the saying goes ‘the pen is mightier than the sword’ is often seen to be true.

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