It’s #ManCrushMonday: Can We Redeem Even the Shallowest of Hashtags?

“...the secret to joy is to keep seeking God where we doubt He is.”-- Ann VoskampSocial media has offered up all kinds of fascinating trends in recent years, from the cute and entertaining (Grumpy Cat, poor Charlie’s brother’s finger, breaded animals) to the weird and bizarre (people of Walmart, Harlem Shake, planking, Baby Cha-Cha). For the most part, the memes and remixes that populate our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest feeds are all in good fun.Lately, though, the Chri … [Read more...]

Actually, People Say Really Nice Things About Miss America on Twitter!

I don't watch the Miss America pageant. There are two good reasons for this. First, I don't watch much television, and second, I think it's the weirdest thing. I know folks complain that the pageant tends to objectify women more than empower them, but I could easily be convinced that this isn't the case. Instead, the pageant reminds me of my old high school prom. All of these beautiful women are there in their beautiful gowns, but no one has a date. (I've always thought it'd be awesome to show … [Read more...]

Proverbs for Facebook, Twitter, and Blogs

I've been working through the Proverbs with my college students this summer and our pursuit of wisdom this last week led us to a discussion of how we use our words. As a practical matter, the sages had plenty to say about our language: when to keep quiet, speak up, address authority, and dozens of other observations about our everyday use of language.Looking at it theologically, this shouldn't surprise us. The doctrine of creation teaches us that we are made in the Image of a God who speaks … [Read more...]

How Concerned Should We Be With How 14-Year-Old Girls Use Technology?

It seems like an article comes out every other week about how teens and young adults are using technology: what devices they're using (and not using), what social networks they're using (and not using), etc. Companies certainly have a vested interest in this information. After all, the earlier they can sink their "hooks" into consumers, the more money they potentially stand to earn from those consumers. What's more, teens are particularly fickle and can help identify new and upcoming trends -- … [Read more...]

Oswalt’s Revenge: Sammy Rhodes And The Dangers Of Self-Promotion

Twitter is not for the faint of heart, nor is it well-suited for wallflowers, the sensitive, or those who think in long, complicated rambles. It works best for the angry, the charged, the righteous, and most of all, the funny. Funny people on Twitter get just as many followers as celebrities (and indeed, sometimes more) because our world is always up for a laugh. Sammy Rhodes (formerly @prodigalsam) is one of those people who became Internet-famous because of his ability to generate laughs with … [Read more...]

Star Trek Into Misogynistic Darkness?

My wife and I like movies. We rent some, Netflix others, and spend a decent amount of time at the theaters over the summer. One constant we've come to take for granted across various genres and ratings is some level of "gratuitous" sexuality. To be clear, this isn't necessarily limited to full-on nudity, or pointless sex scenes, but can be as tame as a ridiculously dressed character. For instance, I'd be surprised to learn if most female police detectives or lab techs always wear the plunging … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: Is Twitter the Devil?

Matt Labash had a fascinating rant about the evils of Twitter the other day at the Weekly Standard. Meanwhile, Thomas Kidd followed it up over at First Things with a rousing three-cheer defense of the tweets and tweeps everywhere. Both articles are worth a minute or two. … [Read more...]

The Minority Report: Mobile Manners

Every Tuesday in The Minority Report, Drew Dixon takes a look at trends in youth culture and offers some biblical wisdom for navigating them.I love Facebook, Twitter, and text messaging. I love having instant access to all three on my smart phone and yet sometimes I want to throw other people's phones across the room . . . or at least confiscate them for a time.Today's teens have grown up with cell phones and access to social media--most of them don't remember a time when no one had text … [Read more...]

What Memes Mean: WW2 Tweets from 1939

Each Wednesday in What Memes Mean, Kirk Bozeman questions the significance, humor, and subtexts of viral videos, memes, and other Internet fads.The Twitter-verse is the constant stream of consciousness of the post-modern, the place where the common man can voice his concern about anything that pops into his head. Sure, comedians can work on crafting the perfect one-liner and celebrities can grace the world directly with their brilliant insights, but the vast majority on Twitter is just us … [Read more...]

What is more Shocking: Rob Bell? or How we Communicate?

Is it really shocking to people that Rob Bell's forthcoming book appears to be poised to challenge historic Christian beliefs on the afterlife?  Do we too need to join John Piper in tweeting, "Farewell Rob Bell"?  Are all these Christians who think Bell has come out as a universalist being mean and unfair?  What does the fact that this discussion has blown up to fairly epic proportions on the interwebs say about how we communicate?Well here are some articles to help you navigate these wa … [Read more...]