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)
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)
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)
In the past five years, I probably have watched a total of three hours of TV news (and thirty minutes of that was at an airport waiting for a flight to depart). We don’t have cable or dish, and I never watch network TV news. I have better things to do that watch the… Continue reading Christians and TV News
Though I am the opposite of a news junkie (it takes me 4 minutes to read the daily paper - and I don't know the difference between MSNBC and CNN), almost everyone I know is a news junkie. I try to stay up to date with the general happenings in the country and world, but that's about it. I don't understand… Continue reading This Just In: Attention News Junkies!