The terrible INTERNET cult.
Sun, 30 Mar 1997 21:59:01 +1000
As you'd expect, the Sydney Morning Herald on Saturday ran on their front
page a headline over the deaths of those Heaven's Gate people the obvious:
It was an "Internet Cult". In the story they stated that it recruited over
The fact that it also recruited by mail, by person-to-person contact, and
by the extensive use of videotapes was not worthy of comment.
The fact that the cult was based on astronomy (comet visit), astrology,
heaven-based religions, science fiction, and Star Trek fanatasies, seems to
have escaped their attention also.
I think this is the sort of rather trivial thing we should pay attention
to. I think those of us in NSW, should write immediately to the SMH and
say "bullshit". Why didn't you call it a 'Sci-fi cult' or a 'video-cult'.
Tell them that they cheapen journalism when they engage in this crap. it's
a good time to start hitting on this stuff in Letters to Editor pages.
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