Digital preaching: podcasts gain popularity in Florida

I wonder if this could catch on in the Catholic world? Details:  More than a dozen Tallahassee churches are embracing the medium of podcasting in order to push their sermons and lectures beyond the pew, and the congregations are responding. Podcasts are audio files that can be heard on a number of devices, including computers, [Read More...]

A contrarian view of “unplugging”

If you are one of those who has forsaken Facebook or Twitter for Lent, you might want to ponder these thoughts from Casey N. Cep in The New Yorker, writing about the recent National Day of Unplugging:  I was struck last year when Pope Benedict XVI, after he started tweeting, delivered a message on social networks. [Read More...]

Wow: the eye-popping pre-game floor projection for the Cleveland Cavaliers

This is almost worth the price of a ticket itself. The geniuses behind this idea describe it this way: On Saturday, March 8, 2014, Quince Imaging teamed up with the Cleveland Cavaliers to produce a one-of-a-kind projection display event. Using a combination of 3D mapping techniques and video content produced by the Cavs own QTV team and Think [Read More...]

Spokeswoman for USCCB president leaves after less than one year

From NCR:  Hired less than a year ago, Kim Daniels has left her post as the spokeswoman for the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The conference confirmed the departure Wednesday, saying Daniels, the first to hold such a position, left by her own choice earlier this year. “Kim left in January [Read More...]

Just in time for St. Paddy’s Day…a green river and square watermelons?

Some ingenious advertising from a few years ago in Chicago: That’s a classic example of “outside the box” advertising, and you can find numerous other examples at this blog. They are fanciful and sometimes delightful. Like this billboard for Bic razors: Or this: See ‘em all. Advertising—even something as simple as a billboard—doesn’t have to be [Read More...]

Even the media are feeling “The Francis Effect”

From The Wall Street Journal: Francis mania is lifting up the religious media. As Pope Francis approaches the first anniversary of his election this week , his popularity is generating a boom for a media niche that rarely gathers much notice. “We are just working night and day to satisfy demand,” said Monsignor Dario Vigano, head of [Read More...]

If Jesus had a “Look Back” Facebook video

Someone was bound to do it, and here it is. The LA Times explains:  What would Jesus do if he were on Facebook? Make “A Look Back” video, naturally. To celebrate its 10-year anniversary, Facebook let users create their own cornball videos featuring their photos, status updates and major life events. Hundreds of millions have done [Read More...]

Great moments in broadcasting: mom’s hate-filled RSVP was a hoax

This story got a lot of attention on social media earlier in the week. The image above, and the shock and outrage it inspired, cropped up again and again on my Facebook feed a few days ago. Well, what do you know? Turns out it wasn’t true:  The alleged homophobic note sent by a mother in [Read More...]

Best snow day school announcement. Ever.

What did we do before we had the Internet? My childhood was deprived of things like this: a rap number performed by school administrators to inform the student body that school would be closed the next day. This comes from North Carolina’s Durham Academy. Head of School Michael Ulku-Steiner and his assistant appropriately performed an [Read More...]

Get something free for Lent—besides the ashes

My pal Brandon Vogt dropped by my office yesterday and in between catching up on the weather in Orlando (very warm) and Chicago (very cold) he said, “Hey, I wanted to tell you about something we’re doing at Word on Fire for Lent.” He sent me an email this morning with a link:  Would you [Read More...]