Natalie Solent

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Friday, May 14, 2004
 

nick berg video

nick berg

berg beheading

beheading video

nick berg beheading video

nick berg beheading

berg video

berg beheading video

"nick berg"

video nick berg

What is this, a poem for our times? No, it came via Instapundit from a blogger called Jeff Quinton whose site I can't access at the moment. It shows the top ten internet search requests in the wake of... you can guess what. It is a glimpse into the collective mind of the newsbeast. Forgive me for bringing the comic fantasy writer Terry Pratchett into this grim subject*, but I when I see averages of search engine results I cannot help thinking of the attempts made by certain wizards of the Discworld to read the mind of the Great A'Tuin, the turtle who carries the elephants who carry the Discworld. The difficulty was that A'Tuin's thoughts were alien, quite possibly banal and very slow. For our world's great beast it is different - banal its thoughts may well be, but slow they are not. Usually it won't stay thinking any one thing long enough for us to catch the drift. But sometimes it does. In the aftermath of Nick Berg's murder it made a sort of chant of his name.

Yet, as Instapundit points out, you'd never know what was in the collective mind of the English speaking world from the headlines on most of the US and British press. Have a look now and check that out for yourself. The wizards charged with reflecting A'Tuin's thoughts back to the people have their own agenda.

*I rather think Pratchett might forgive me. He is no friend to religious fanaticism. I have sometimes criticised him for tending to paint all religion as fanatical, but he has mellowed over the years.