Guardian newspaper's "creed greed" (Love Arctually - part 1)

Intelek Int'l By Intelek Int'l, 25th Oct 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1rdt6mra/
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Introducing the Intelek International "Love Arctually" project, which coincides with a petition I've launched asking the Guardian newspaper's CEO David Pemsel and Editor-in Chief Katharine Viner to "rein in" their reporting on the contentious reparations for trans-Atlantic slavery issue..

A spark of brilliance?

Today I’ll be doing my first public reading in several years.

The occasion is the inaugural Love Arctually production.

As explained below, Love Arctually is “rooted in my experience of the potential and limits of language - especially written representations of language.”

This article, the first in what I expect will be a long-running series, explains the rationale behind the project.

The article is substantially derived from an open letter I wrote to inform friends, family, business associates and other possibly interested parties about the project and to invite those who could do so to attend.

There is also additional text and a number of photos and other images created for the project.

The initial feedback I have had and other developments around the project, like a petition calling on the Guardian newspaper to “rein in” its reporting on the highly contentious reparations for trans-Atlantic slavery issue, also provide useful written and other material that I look forward to sharing here in due course.

My literary legacy

First, an extract from the email I sent to my brother Wayne, my local MP Clive Lewis, retired Canadian diplomat Isaac Goodine and others, informing them of and inviting those of them who could to attend it.

Dear All

Thanks for the interest you have shown in the Intelek International Love Arctually project.

Your encouragement and engagement is critical to its success and means more than I can say. (And as you all know, I am not put at a loss for words easily!)

Below is a brief background to the project and a summary of what those of you who attend its first public "instalment" on Sunday, October 25th, at 7:00 pm at the Costessey Center in Norwich can expect.


Background

Love Arctually is rooted in my experience of the potential and limits of language - especially written representations of language. I come from a literacy-focused culture, much like England. In fact, Barbados has been called "Little England".

Essentially, Love Arctually provides a platform for sharing and showcasing the power of literacy to liberate and limit our perceptions of reality.

The focus is on what I call "thought tints": scales and shades of meaning in which our words are rooted and from which they derive authenticity, as they are incarnated or "fleshed out" in time and space.

It's about conversations with ourselves (in our consciences) and the love and care we can express through a coherence and consistency of thought, word and deed.

It’s a forum for discussing language as “current” (electrical charge) and “currency” (credibility).

When was the last time you heard an electrifying speech?


To be continued...

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Guardian Newspaper, Intelek International, Junior Campbell, Mp Clive Lewis, Rowena Mason

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author avatar Intelek Int'l
"I think therefore I jam"
I'm a holistic communication and education specialist, trading as Intelek International (www.intelek.net).
I write about spirituality, science, philosophy, politics, love.

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author avatar Retired
27th Oct 2015 (#)

Any chance of defining the word "Arctually"? It's a new one on me!

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author avatar Intelek Int'l
29th Oct 2015 (#)

My pleasure John. But I'm not sure what I can offer is best called a "definition". It may more accurately described as a description of how this word virtually "imposed" itself on my consciousness.

I wanted a title that would represent my effort to combine my literary and visual arts interests.

As I recall, I started out with the name "Love Artually", referencing the famous film "Love Actually" - which happens to be one of my personal favourites.

I felt this could be an appropriate "title" or brand for what I've been doing with letters of the alphabet and words as visual art symbols.

But the word "arctually" kept coming to mind as well, like a humming sound in the background, almost on the borders of my subconscious.

So I looked -up "arc" and then knew right away that I had to go with that.

The association of arc with electricity and it's use in the term "arc welding" was particularly resonant and compelling.

Of course, the film "Love Actually" can also be thought of as a "welding together" of the 9 narratives it presents.

Then there's the phonetic similarity of "arctually" and "actually", where the hard "c" is concerned.

"Artually" doesn't have that.

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author avatar Intelek Int'l
29th Oct 2015 (#)

By the way John, did you have a look at the petition?

What are your thoughts on that?

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author avatar Retired
29th Oct 2015 (#)

Yes, I have seen your petition, but I don't see what you are objecting to.

Having a view on whether the UK should pay reparations for the slave trade is one thing, but saying that a newspaper should not take a view on the issue and campaign in support of that view is another matter altogether.

I would certainly never sign a petition that tried to muzzle a free press, whether or not I agreed with what it was saying.

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author avatar Intelek Int'l
30th Oct 2015 (#)

That's a very interesting reading of my petition John.

First, thanks for affirming my suggestion that the Guardian article is "campaigning".

Did you mean to concede that?

Secondly, I don't see how you arrive at the conclusion that I am saying that the Guardian should not take a view on reparations (or anything else) and campaign on it.

Just yesterday I offered my support for a mental health campaign being run by the Eastern Daily Press.

Have you read the story that prompted my petition?

Have you read the speech by PM Cameron that the Guardian writer is supposed to be reporting on?

That is what the petition is about: the Guardian's supposedly factual reporting of a very important speech on a very important issue.

If the Guardian wants to campaign for reparations, I happily affirm their freedom to do so - whether or not I agree with their view.

But I would expect them to have clear lines of separation or distinction between their factual reporting on the matter and their campaigning on it.

To suggest (or my petition) that I am trying "muzzle a free press" on that count seems intellectually dishonest and patently unjust.

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author avatar Intelek Int'l
30th Oct 2015 (#)

Correction: the last line of my comment should read "To suggest that I am trying to "muzzle a free press" on that count seems intellectually dishonest and patently unjust.

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author avatar Retired
30th Oct 2015 (#)

In that case, I think you need to make it a lot clearer precisely what it is that you are objecting to.

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author avatar Intelek Int'l
30th Oct 2015 (#)

Is the problem a lack of clarity by me or a lack of clarity by you?

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