Teen Suicide, Media Excess, Palin and Bullies, Again

A horrible story made even worse by our excesses of media. Try to fully engage and consider this awful story while attempting to ignore the unstoppable video-with-commercials that ABC News plops into almost all of its pages, and which cannot be stopped while in commercial mode.The story is shattering -- two young teenage girls committed suicide together, and yes, bullying once again seems to lie at the heart of their hopelessness:The bodies of best friends Haylee Fentress and Paige Moravetz, … [Read more...]

iPhone Confession; Verdicts Via NPR, Protestants

A few days ago I wrote about the new confession prep app developed by two priest and approved by the Bishop of Fort Wayne.While I thought the tool could be a terrific aid in the examination of conscience, I also worried that -- despite repeated declarations that the app did not constitute a confession, or dispense absolution, that it did not preclude the need to go to confession -- some would go through the app process and decide that, click, click, click, they had pretty much taken care of … [Read more...]

The Madness of the Mainstream Media UPDATED

If Michael Kelly and Tim Russert were alive today, they would be sickened and appalled to see the shambling madness that has descended upon their profession, most particularly as it manifests in the obsessive and whirling mania regarding Sarah Palin.When it gets to the point that Jonathan Chait has to marvel at his instincts to defend Palin, that's a measure of their madness.Let's begin at the beginning: on January 8, a madman in Arizona, listening to nothing but his own head--there is not a … [Read more...]

3 Things; "What's Right With the World?"

Snow Football by Ann AlthouseIt occurs to me that while it's worthwhile to ask, as Chesterton did and we do below, "what's wrong with the world?", our times are so distressing and disheartening, particularly after this weekend, that we might better-serve ourselves and each other by listing a few things that are "right with the world," too.What's right with the world, to start is that Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, still in critical condition after having been monstrously assaulted, is … [Read more...]

“Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?”

Over at CBS's Public Eye they've tapped Samuel Freedman for a piece in their "Outside Voices" section (full disclosure, yer anchoress guested over there last October, so I tend to like this feature!)Freedman is a professor of journalism at Columbia University and a columnist on Education for The New York Times, and he is writing about the reality or illusion that is "citizen journalism," as one may find it on the internet or elsewhere these days, and whether Big Time Professional Journalism … [Read more...]