Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Just what we need?

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The big news in the world of unbelief this morning appears to be that Channel 4 are set to launch a a "television version of Thought for the Day", beginning on 5 July. Called 4Thought, it will fill the 5-minute slot after Channel 4 News in the evenings. The channel's head of specialist factual programming, Ralph Lee, told Media Guardian the "films will give voice to a plethora of beliefs and opinions", which seems to imply that, unlike on Radio 4's Thought for the Day, atheists will be able to participate.

Is this cause for humanists to rejoice, or a cue to issue a collective sigh at the appearance of yet more religious programming? Thought for the Day is, of course, a perennial topic of debate within humanism and secularism – for many it's a major thorn in the side, and you can divide that group into those who would simply like to see non-religious voices included and those who would just like to see it removed from the airwaves altogether. Then there are those who simply sidestep the issue by either turning down the volume between 7:45 and 7:48am or, would you believe, not listening to Radio 4.

So, how will 4Thought go down with non-believers? If non-religious voices are indeed included, then that will satisfy one of the major problems people have with Thought for the Day, so if short chunks of ethical pondering are your cup of tea, 4Thought could prove to be your brew of choice. But, are many people really interested in watching this kind of thing? I'd be interested to know what you think - let us know in the comments, and place your vote in this poll.


Eiskrystal said...

If they say stupid stuff on it, it will get parodied and youtubed. I can't wait. They should bring in some Republicans as well to start that show with a bang. Show us what we are missing. LOL.

silvertiger said...

It doesn't take 5 minutes to say "There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life".