‘Watch The Super Bowl Or We’ll Kick This Dog: The Saddest Ads Ever’ says Linda Holmes at NPR

Budweiser 2015 Super Bowl Commercial, "Lost Dog."  Courtesy

First, my take ...As I watched the commercials during "the game" last night I posted on Facebook: it's sad that character education in America has been taken over by corporations, like corporations control the government and everything else. Coke will love you even when no one else does and Dove will take care of all your body odor needs making you as non-offensive as plastic and socially acceptable anywhere. (And with Coke's sugar context and other additives, well, let's just say that over … [Read more...]

“Does porn hurt children?” NYTimes reporter asks

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 Last week I saw this article on New York Times website: Does porn hurt children? by David Segal, a business reporter for the NYTimes. The answer is yes but causal links cannot be established and probably never will be. He outlines the difficulty in researching the answer to this question because of the ethics involved, never mind the illegality of showing porn to kids for the sake of research. Then he has some recommendations that are consistent, though not as comprehensive, with … [Read more...]

“Oz the Great and Wonderful” is about the wizard of ‘id’

Michelle Williams stars in a scene from the movie "Oz the Great and Powerful." (CNS/Disney)

 "Oz the Great and Powerful" opens with Oscar "Oz" Diggs (James Franco), a self-centered small-time carnival magician and would-be ladies' man in Kansas more than a century ago. He tries to woo young women by including them in his shows, just as he tries to con the meager profits out of his assistant, Frank (Zach Braff). As the show is about to begin, Annie (Michelle Williams), perhaps the one woman Oscar truly loves, comes to tell him another man has asked her to marry him. She … [Read more...]

Storytelling for Life: Character Education in the Digital World

Click here for an article I wrote for the September-October Today's Catholic Teacher: Storytelling for Life: Character Education in the Digital World with a nod to  Film Clips for Character EducationStudy guides are avaiable online and a new series of study guides integrating media literacy and faith formation will be posted soon. … [Read more...]


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