“We must rediscover the human dimension of our communication…”

Food for thought on a Monday morning, from Archbishop Claudio Celli, via CNS: [Read more…]

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George Lucas to donate billions from Disney sale to charity

He called the first Star Wars epic “A New Hope.”  From the Hollywood Reporter, here’s something spectacular to give all of us hope: By the end of the year, the $4.05 billion sale of Lucasfilm to Disney should be finalized. And since George Lucas owns 100 percent of his company – which has little to [Read More…]

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How Dan Rather helped invent modern hurricane coverage on TV in 1961

We’ve gotten used to seeing endless hurricane coverage these days, but the real trailblazer in this kind of reporting, the first television correspondent to wade into the water and report from the center of a storm, was Dan Rather, covering Hurricane Carla in Houston in 1961. Here’s a fascinating glimpse back at how that coverage [Read More…]

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How one newspaper decided to endorse Romney

It raised some eyebrows when the Des Moines Register announced its endorsement for president this weekend and for the first time in 40 years picked a Republican.  What got less attention, however, is an accompanying story in the paper, which I found especially interesting and useful.  In a remarkable act of transparency, the paper’s editors [Read More…]

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Just when you thought ads couldn’t get more offensive…

…along comes this one, promoting a bar in New Zealand. [Read more…]

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Patheos peeps!

Blogging has been light the last couple days, but not because I’m battening down the hatches for Stormageddon or Frankenstorm or whatever they’re calling this year’s meteorological catastrophe (though drawing the curtains and breaking out the rosary might be a good idea).  No.  I’ve been away from the keyboard because I took part in a [Read More…]

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Great moments in democracy: an ad that says voting is like losing your virginity…to Barack Obama

Remember when the most shocking political ad of all time was a little girl picking daisies?  This may trump that. And this is supposed to appeal to young, undecided women?  Really?  Really. [Read more…]

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“Jesus” among popular passwords in 2012

Not sure what to make of that.  But it does indicate, I suppose, that “Jesus” is The Way—or at least, the way to get your e-mail. Details:  Time to check your password. Password management company SplashData has analyzed millions of passwords released online by hackers to compile its list of the most used passwords of [Read More…]

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Apple: the 21st century religion?

If you caught any of the big launch event yesterday for the new Apple products—including the long-anticipated iPad Mini—you might have felt like you were in church.  That may not be a coincidence. Details from the Christian Science Monitor:  We asked Kirsten Bell, an anthropologist at the University of British Columbia in Canada, to look [Read More…]

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There goes the printed word—or, at least, the printed page

As someone who makes his living in a world populated by paper, ink and staples, I found the Newsweek news both significant and unsurprising.  The death of the print edition was considered inevitable; it wasn’t a question of if, but when.   Now, people are dissecting the cadaver. Jeremy Lott notes:  With today’s news that Newsweek will [Read More…]

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