Sunday, July 14, 2013

BBC's Patten and payoffs along with Idea #163 which is Relativism

The last week or so has seen the UK Parliament asking legitimate questions about oversight of the BBC as demonstrated (or not) by the BBC Trust.
The Trust has to a degree held up its hands but the question of payments made by the BBC

Let me give you a cheque old boy
Management  (and the BBC Trust in the case of George Entwistle) is inevitably flawed - why would the BBC be mean with money that is not its own and where they hope to be beneficiaries of similar largesse? How can Chris Patten expect those beneath him to practice frugality when he is so generous with the licence payers money when he pays off his own disastrous appointee? It is interesting to see the former DG Mark Thompson battling to clear his name as he is used by others as cover and  a scapegoat.
The BBC is a great organisation but the so called 'great and good' continue to excel in cronyism.

Big Idea Number 163 is Relativism

Born of the age of enlightenment Relativism is the doctrine that knowledge, truth, and morality exist in relation to culture, society, or historical context, and are not absolute thus seeking to rebalance the view of colonialists who had imposed  western values on the countries now often known as 'developing'.

Relativism has enjoyed some success and following of late but is disputed by the traditional political 'right' who consider that there are many things where clear moral judgements can be made e.g. Theft is wrong.

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