What Memes Mean: "…And The Deaf Hear…"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsOo3jzkhYA&feature=mfu_in_order&list=ULGo grab a box of tissues before you buffer this one.Usually a video goes viral because its content is outrageous or humorous, either intentionally or unintentionally, and typically at someone’s unfortunate expense.  But every so often, a video makes its way through the group-share ringer because it’s incredibly moving or shockingly beautiful.The woman in this video is hearing for the first time in her life than … [Read more...]

Ray Comfort's 180: Pass It On?

Christ and Pop Culture's writers are pro-life, but when 180 began to go viral, we found ourselves at odds about the film. Is Ray Comfort's signature socratic style a model for Christians to follow when debating the issue with other Christians? More crucially, does every Christian have a responsibility to post videos like this on their Facebook walls so that their non-Christian friends can watch and learn from them? On the other hand, is the video too flawed to support in any way? In order to try … [Read more...]

What Memes Mean: So Facebook Changed Everything (Again)

So... Facebook changed everything again.  It was late at night when I first noticed.  This may have been about when everything first hit. When the horror started to take hold, I raced to the window and stared into the darkness, amazed that the moon was not blood red, stars were still hanging firmly in their places, and generally nothing in the city was on fire.  Surprisingly there was no rioting going on around the apartment swimming pool or violent looting going on at the Starbucks down the st … [Read more...]

Scientific Advance, Art, and Horsing Around With Humanity

Back in August, Wired ran a fascinating albeit disturbing article about Marion Laval-Jeantet, a French performance artist who injected herself with horse blood plasma as part of a project exploring “trans-species relationships”. The project, titled May the Horse Live in Me, involved Laval-Jeantet preparing her body over the course of several months to accept the horse plasma. Once the plasma had been injected — and she showed no signs of shock — Laval-Jeantet donned a pair of stilts with hooves a … [Read more...]

What Memes Mean: Pascal, LOLcats, And Distraction

Each Wednesday in What Memes Mean, Kirk Bozeman questions the significance, humor, and subtexts of viral videos, memes, and other Internet fads.Any discussion of the spiritual disciplines that I have ever been part of has inevitably emphasized a major problem for the modern spiritual life: distraction. This is fair. Constant noise, media, and anxiety hinder our study, thinking, and prayer, and often just waste our time.But because of this sort of talk, distraction gets a bad rap. I’d argue t … [Read more...]

Mixed Signals: Miracle Whip Offers New Motivation for Divorce

Mixed Signals is Erin Straza’s weekly musing about marketing miscellany in advertising, branding, and messaging.People love contests. Especially contests that give cash prizes. Miracle Whip got this part right in their contest titled Not for Every Relationship. The winner is awarded $25,000. So far, so good.Then things get goopy.Submissions are via video, in which contestants are to explain how Miracle Whip has either enhanced or destroyed their relationship. Contest rules state: “Tell us y … [Read more...]

An Open Letter to Facebook

Dear Facebook,Late had I loved thee. You came into existence after I had graduated from college. Like text messaging and smartphones, you did not color my high school and undergraduate social experiences. My generation was the last before The Fall, and all after us will call you “Friend” from cradle to grave.Facebook, there are reasons to love you. You plan events, you consolidate communication, you keep me connected with people I actually like in a world of disconnect and exile. You can be s … [Read more...]

Social Media, Facebook Friends, and Why They Matter

You are probably on Facebook. If you are a Christian, you have probably felt guilty about the time you spend there. Perhaps because other Christians have said that Facebook is a waste of time or perhaps because you so often intend to sign in for a few minutes only to find yourself mindlessly flipping through photo albums of people you barely know. Social media has changed the way that people communicate, socialize, and build relationships. Thus groups like the International Center for Media and … [Read more...]

Leaning Forward: How Updating Your Apps Reflects Who You Are

Before I had to give up video games because of a problem with my hands, perhaps the most enjoyable aspect of being a "gamer" was reading gaming news and following several podcasts that gave previews of new games and technology. I probably spent on average twice the amount of time reading and listening to news and rumors about games than I did actually playing them. After I had to stop playing games, I eventually stopped following gaming news, and it began to dawn on me that I'd never really … [Read more...]

Four Crucial Technology Landmarks in 2010

Last year a COLLIDE Magazine article once again raised in important question: “It’s 2010? Where’s my Jetpack?”. This look back at technology in 2010 starts with a similar question.Where’s my XBOX720?The PlayStation was released in the US in 1995. The PS2 and XBOX were released in 2000-01, and were followed by the XBOX360 and PS3 in ‘05-06. So where’s the next generation of consoles? There’s a simple answer: they’re not coming. The seventh generation of gaming consoles was built for growth, us … [Read more...]