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I con­trib­ute to a weekly mag­a­zine, so I am in the Fourth Es­tate. But I have also started a blog, so I am also in the Fifth Es­tate. The Fourth Es­tate was the term used by Ed­mund Burke, a British politi­cian, as quoted by Scot­tish philoso­pher- writer Thomas Car­lyle in his book, On He­roes, Hero-Wor­ship, and the Heroic in His­tory. Burke re­ferred to the re­porters cov­er­ing the Par­lia­ment as the Fourth Es­tate. He said the re­porters were more im­por­tant than the three other Es­tates—the king or the roy­als, the clergy, and the com­mon­ers.

Ap­par­ently, Burke was re­fer­ring to the power of me­dia, the jour­nal­ists who en­joy press free­dom as they serve as watch­dogs of so­ci­ety. But with mount­ing com­plaints about bi­ased jour­nal­ists, peo­ple now more and more trust the free blog­gers, jour­nal­ists pub­lish­ing in non-main­stream me­dia out­lets, and the so­cial me­dia. This new group is now called the Fifth Es­tate. Still, the Fifth Es­tate is not ex­empt from abuses, as peo­ple do have their own agenda.

So where can we go for the truth? Where can we get re­li­able news that we can truly be­lieve in? In our times, there is one source that hasn't changed and will for­ever be true. The Good News of Je­sus Christ re­ported over 2,000 years ago has stood the test of time.

Cyn­thia U. San­ti­ago

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