Category: On Media

Review of Catholic Courses' "God of the Old Testament"
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Review of Catholic Courses’ “God of the Old Testament”

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I just finished Dr. Paul Niskanen’s wonderful Catholic Courses class, The God of the Old Testament. It’s delightful. Full of “ah-hah” moments on a range of topics from historical oddities (I had no idea where the name “Jehovah” came from) to deep theological revelations, it packs some serious scholarly punch—all delivered in an engaging and […]

My Rules for Discourse on the Internet
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My Rules for Discourse on the Internet

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I could be having a great day and a nasty exchange on the Internet will always bring me down. Whether I am involved or not, uncivil discourse sucks the joy out of the Internet for me. I suspect it does for most people who are not secret psychopaths. I am especially discouraged when I see […]

Social Media Fasts: Making Room for Blessings
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Social Media Fasts: Making Room for Blessings

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Remember when social media fasting was trending during Lent? My big undertaking for Lent was to fast from Facebook, and though it wasn’t complete, it was my first attempt and pretty strict. It was such a huge change for me that months later, I’m still processing the experience and reaping rewards from the fast. My […]

June 1-2: Triumph with Messenger of The Truth on PBS
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June 1-2: Triumph with Messenger of The Truth on PBS

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This Sunday, June 1, and Monday, June 2, a miracle of sorts takes place on mainstream TV as PBS affiliates broadcast a documentary about a heroic Catholic priest. Messenger of The Truth is about Blessed Father Jerzy Popieluszko, chaplain to the Solidarity labor union that nonviolently took down the communist regime in Poland. Some efforts to […]

The Porn Pandemic Shows Pornography's ‘Devastating Effects'
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The Porn Pandemic Shows Pornography’s ‘Devastating Effects’

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What do half-a-dozen major sex crimes in America have in common? According to a new documentary by Family Watch International (FWI), they often start with pornography. Launched at the first End Exploitation summit last week, which was primarily organized by Morality in Media, “The Porn Pandemic: The Devastating Effects on Children, Family and Society” features […]

Abortion and Media Corruption – Are YOU Frustrated?
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Abortion and Media Corruption – Are YOU Frustrated?

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If you know who Kermit Gosnell is, then you are part of a well-connected minority. Most people have never heard of America’s most prolific serial killer, the abortionist now imprisoned in Pennsylvania who has killed thousands of babies. Gosnell’s method of choice was to deliver living, breathing, crying children in his clinic and then sever […]

Social Media's Double-Edged Sword -- A Lenten Reflection
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Social Media’s Double-Edged Sword — A Lenten Reflection

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The Lenten season is upon us once more, and like many Christians, in an attempt to honor God’s faithfulness to his Church and in the hopes of deepening my own faith I have decided to engage in a fast of sorts. Inspired by a good friend of mine, I will for the duration of Lent […]

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Once Upon a Time

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Electronic devices are everywhere. We know about the negative effects of too much TV, but now kids are watching videos in the car and accessing games and social media on computers and mobile devices. There was a time when kids would snuggle up with a good book to read or have their parents read to […]

TV Show Intelligence: Patriotic Transhumanist Propaganda
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TV Show Intelligence: Patriotic Transhumanist Propaganda

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My husband watches the new TV show Intelligence starring Josh Holloway (previously Sawyer from Lost) as Gabriel, a man with a rare genetic mutation (or some such) that allowed the U.S. government to put a chip in his brain. This chip gives Gabriel unlimited access to the Internet directly into his consciousness. As an agent […]

‘Sweet Baby Jesus’…is a Beer?
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‘Sweet Baby Jesus’…is a Beer?

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A trip to my local Giant grocery store the other night brought an unpleasant surprise. Back near the store’s beer coolers, clerks were stacking case upon case of a new beer. It’s name? “Sweet Baby Jesus,” a ‘craft’ beer brewed and bottled by a local Baltimore company, DuClaw Brewing Company. “Sweet Baby Jesus,” launched about a year […]

“My Beautiful Woman” Outclasses Raunchy Victoria Secrets
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“My Beautiful Woman” Outclasses Raunchy Victoria Secrets

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Wacoal, a Thai lingerie company, is redefining beauty with its “Beauty Inside” campaign. The short 7-minute videos tell stories, based on actual events, of women whose quiet sacrifices — including for an unborn child — win the admiration of men who tell the stories. And, tears from viewers. The message? Virtue is gorgeous. “Beauty Inside” […]

Shirley Temple
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Shirley Temple’s America

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Her movies reflected what was good and decent in this country.

Tech Kids
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Tech Kids

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If we want our children to become saints, they will need to hear the call of God — a vocation to holiness that applies to all of us. But how will they be able to hear that call if their lives are full of noise? In our digital age, young people have more noise and […]

Media Wakes Up: Reports Pope Benedict Removed Nearly 400 Priests
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Media Wakes Up: Reports Pope Benedict Removed Nearly 400 Priests

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After eight years of continual accusations of doing “nothing” by mainstream media, it has been revealed that Benedict XVI was busy throughout his pontificate removing priests from office who were found guilty of sexual abuse. From 2011-2012, Pope Benedict “defrocked” or laicised 384 priests, more than twice the 171 removed from the clerical state in […]

The Best Dressed Man
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The Best Dressed Man

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The U.S. edition of the men’s style and lifestyle magazine Esquire recently named Pope Francis as its Best Dressed Man of 2013. The magazine explained that the decision was “unconventional,” but insisted that the way that the pope dresses has “signaled a new era (and for many, renewed hope) for the Catholic Church.” Mark-Evan Blackman, […]

Outraged, Anyone?
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Outraged, Anyone?

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Outrage is one of the more useless categories of contemporary discourse. In fact it is anti-discourse, but no one seems to mind. The media dutifully report that “Victims’ Groups are Outraged” whenever the sub-secretary to the Council of Victims of Bad Things logs onto his twitter account and proclaims his fury at highschool reading lists, […]

Movie Review: Gravity
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Movie Review: Gravity

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“Just when you thought it was safe to go back in space…,” a terrifying movie like “Gravity” hits you in the face. “Gravity” is one of those films that’s truly an experience that one undergoes: one of the tensest time periods ever spent in a cinema. This is an extremely uncomfortable film. Space is the […]

Why Duck Dynasty Viewers Flock
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Why Duck Dynasty Viewers Flock

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Like millions of Americans, I’ve become a “Duck Dynasty” fan. “Duck Dynasty,” as you surely are aware, is an A&E reality show that presents the Robertson clan, the long-bearded owners and operators of Duck Commander in West Monroe, La. Duck Commander hand-makes duck calls. The story is a rags-to-riches one. Phil Robertson, the patriarch of […]

Miley Cyrus’ Exploitation Doesn’t Surprise
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Miley Cyrus’ Exploitation Doesn’t Surprise

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You’d better sit down because this is going to come as quite a shock. Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth have broken their engagement. I know. You probably need a minute to collect yourself. Who wouldn’t? They’ve been together since 2010 when they met on the set of a forgettable film called “The Last Song” (would […]

Rainbow Flag March
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Fox News Raises the Rainbow Flag

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Five out of five of “The Five” agree with the “evolved” Obama on same-sex marriage.

Twitter: Are You “Missing the Point”, or Not?
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Twitter: Are You “Missing the Point”, or Not?

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Amanda Mortus from WorthyOfAgape.com wrote a post about twitter practices called, “Missing the Point.” In the post, she highlighted her frustration with certain practices and strategies used by some folks on social media; in this specific case, Twitter. She asked me for my input into the post, so I will gladly give it! (Note: Amanda and I […]

Social Media For Business: 3 Ways To Discover New Content To Share
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Social Media For Business: 3 Ways To Discover New Content To Share

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Managing a social media account for clients is super fun – you get to learn their brand, interact with their followers and friends, and ultimately, help your client achieve their goals. What can be more fun than that? Building a comprehensive social media strategy does not need to be that complex at all. As I always, always […]

Mother-in-Law Words of Wisdom
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Mother-in-Law Words of Wisdom

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I love Marie Barone in the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond.  Sure she’s a bit meddlesome. Admittedly she’s even a tad overbearing. Maybe she’s even off-putting to some. But her motivation is pure. She’s committed to her family. She really never puts herself first—even if we are led to believe that she does. If we are […]

How To Design A Simple Social Media Strategy For Your Catholic Parish
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How To Design A Simple Social Media Strategy For Your Catholic Parish

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As many may know, I am the guy behind the social media at my parish in Plymouth, Michigan – Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church. I’ve been asked several times and contacted by many who want help or insights into developing and designing a social media strategy for Catholic parishes. So, I’ve decided to quickly […]

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