Media, Commercialism, Technology, and Manipulation (Schaeffer)

In 1979 Francis Schaeffer teamed up with U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop to write a book that reflected on humanity and the inhumane aspects of our American culture: Whatever Happened to the Human Race? This book is over forty years old. Yes, it is dated in a few ways. But much of it is… Continue reading Media, Commercialism, Technology, and Manipulation (Schaeffer)

The Media and Manipulation (Schaeffer – 1976)

One thing that has again become clear in the past twelve months is the power mass media has over our culture. From Facebook to major news websites, to TV news stations, to Twitter, media is extremely powerful. In a matter of days or even hours these media sources can create fear in the hearts of… Continue reading The Media and Manipulation (Schaeffer – 1976)

A Culture of Fear and Ill-Founded Fears (Glassner)

Fear is an emotion that overlaps with worry and anxiety. As humans, we all struggle with these things. None of us have made it this far through life without some worry, fear, or anxiety. But sometimes these things can grow in a person's life and affect him or her every day. Some people are deeply… Continue reading A Culture of Fear and Ill-Founded Fears (Glassner)

What Is “News” and How to Think about It (Postman/Powers)

 I'm one of the few people who mostly avoid the news, whether online, in print, or on TV.  I'll skim the headlines of the St. Paul Pioneer Press on Sundays and Thursdays and I do see a few headlines online every now and then.  And of course, my friends mention current events.  But for the… Continue reading What Is “News” and How to Think about It (Postman/Powers)

Serious Limits for Kids’ Screen Time

I've mentioned this book here before: Boys Should be Boys: 7 Secrets to Raising Healthy Sons.  This is not a Christian book, but it does have some decent common grace principles in it, principles I've found helpful in raising my own four children  Below are two quotes I'd like to share again and comment on… Continue reading Serious Limits for Kids’ Screen Time