When a Theology Post Is “Unsafe” for Facebook

I wrote a post on Monday entitled “Is Rachel Held Evans’s Use of “God Herself” Biblically Faithful?” that got a fair amount of attention this week. It got many “Likes” on Facebook, for example. But far less than it should have. Why? Because, it appears, the post was deemed “unsafe.” I’m not entirely sure what happened, to [Read More...]

Zuckerberg, Facebook, and the Dangers of the Monetized Life

This essay from Dissent, “Feminism’s Tipping Point: Who Wins from Leaning In?” by Kate Losse, is a must-read. Losse is a former speechwriter for Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Her piece gives a fascinating look into Facebook corporate culture. Her piece engages the new book Leaning In by Sheryl Sandberg. Sandberg argues that women should work more and harder [Read More...]

Is Facebook Making Us Lonely? An Atlantic Essay

The Atlantic has a long and engrossing new essay on the isolary nature of Facebook by Stephen Marche.  I’ve written about this before and thought this article worth considering. Here’s a bit: We are living in an isolation that would have been unimaginable to our ancestors, and yet we have never been more accessible. Over [Read More...]

The “Excessively Grandiose” & Narcissistic World of Facebook

From The Guardian: Researchers at Western Illinois University studied the Facebook habits of 294 students, aged between 18 and 65, and measured two “socially disruptive” elements of narcissism – grandiose exhibitionism (GE) and entitlement/exploitativeness (EE). GE includes ”self-absorption, vanity, superiority, and exhibitionistic tendencies” and people who score high on this aspect of narcissism need to [Read More...]

“We’re in the Middle of a Literacy Revolution”: Wired Magazine on the New Literacy

I’ve got more great stuff for you on how social media is affecting our lives.  This is a fascinating piece from Wired magazine called “Clive Thompson on the New Literacy” that covers briefly a study by a Stanford University professor named Andrea Lunsford of 14,000 pieces of writing by college students–academic papers, blogs, texts, chat [Read More...]

Social Media Update: Quitting Facebook, or, Maybe Quitters Do Win

There is a cottage media industry out there that writes endlessly about social networking.  Some pieces from this corner are skippable, others are culturally noteworthy.  As with the Twitter usage post from last week, this NYT feature on people quitting Facebook, entitled “Facebook Exodus,” is worth a read. Apparently, lots of folks are leaving Facebook, [Read More...]

Want Country Music Stardom? Upload a Video

Seeking worldwide musical fame?  Upload a video to YouTube.  Actually, please don’t.  Veronica Ballestrini, budding country music star, didn’t take my advice, and she’s on her way to a record deal: In a video posted to YouTube in January 2008, Veronica Ballestrini — then 16, blond, precocious — sits on a wrinkled couch wearing a [Read More...]

Coming Very Soon: The Accidental Billionaires

This looks like an interesting book: The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook.  Not so much the sex part that seems a part of the story, but the founding of Facebook part.  It’s out in mid-July 2009. Here’s a description: “Eduardo Saverin and Mark Zuckerberg were Harvard undergraduates and best friends–outsiders at a school filled [Read More...]

Dude, You’re Not Mark Driscoll, and Other Ways to Find a Pastoral Identity

9Marks just released its new eJournal on helping young pastors. I highly commend it to you–it looks very, very helpful. I had a thought on this topic.  It strikes me that young pastors, which I hope will one day include me, need to emulate our leaders and heroes, but only to a point.  We need [Read More...]

The Link 3.13.09: New Calvinism and Facebook Flaming

1. Neo-Calvinists, restless young theologians, we have been discovered by the secular media.  Time magazine just included “The New Calvinism” as one of its ten world-changing ideas (HT: JT).  This makes sense.  We are a weirdly fascinating bunch.  We defy a lot of the stereotypes held by non-Christians.  We’re thoughtful, culturally attuned, fun, and even [Read More...]


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