New technologies confuse reality and fiction: Pope

[From AFP via The Sydney Morning Herald; more details are available in a story from The Catholic News Agency]

New technologies confuse reality and fiction: Pope

October 8, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI said on Thursday that the media’s increasing reliance on images, fuelled by the endless development of new technologies, risked confusing real life with virtual reality.

“New technologies and the progress they bring can make it impossible to distinguish truth from illusion and can lead to confusion between reality and virtual reality,” the pope said.

“The image can also become independent from reality, it can give birth to a virtual word, with various consequences — above all the risk of indifference towards real life,” he said.

He said the use of new technologies should set off “an alarm bell.”

Benedict’s comments came in a speech to participants at a world congress of Catholic media, organised by the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.

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