Facebook vs. the Good Book: Which Is More Popular?


FACEBOOK is ten years old, and the social media giant is celebrating—offering minute-long videos commemorating its users' experience on-line. The Facebook videos are popular this week, with people commenting on what they've learned about friends they know only through the Interwebs. Facebook has an estimated 757 million daily users—some 143 million in the United States and Canada. One interesting factoid uncovered by Associated Press:  About 400 billion photos have been shared on … [Read more...]

Vatican, Disgusted (As Am I) by Obscenities, Considered Closing Its Twitter Account


"We didn't think some reactions would be so tough." Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, prefect of the Pontifical Council on Social Communications, told Italian media that the Vatican considered temporarily closing the papal Twitter account because of a barrage of vulgarity. The Vatican had expected insults, he explained Tuesday, when they opened the papal account @Pontifex in December 2012.  However, the rude and crude posts which came from around the world were a shock to Vatican … [Read more...]

The Hallmark Ornament Kerfuffle: There’s No Way to Win in the PC Wars

Hallmark sweater

For years Hallmark, the Kansas City-based greeting card company, has produced a line of original Christmas ornaments.  We have many of them in our family’s collection:  ornaments which were gifts to our children, or which commemorated a birth or a move or a new job or a new pet. But this year, Hallmark has faced widespread criticism from people across the political spectrum for its 2013 Ugly Christmas Sweater ornament.  On the ornament, the company edited the lyrics of the traditional … [Read more...]