Posts tagged “Facebook

A Facebook Kind of Love? The Marriage of Rachel Horne and Daniel Wanke

Posted on September 30th, 2014

    1 Corinthians 13:5 September 27, 2014 Social media is not evil. It simply magnifies the evil that is in the human heart. Status updates rarely reflect one’s real status. We appear always to be doing fun things, important things, exciting things. We are witty, funny, snarky – or bringing a wise, contrarian take on everyone else’s idiocy. We post pictures of ourselves looking our best, and filter our shots to make our lives seem exceptional. And then we are outraged. Outraged about politicians, outraged about the police, outraged about Israel, outraged about the Palestinians, outraged about religion, the other guy’s religion or lack thereof. And the outrage keeps us from actually learning anything from each other. Then, when things get really bad?…

Be present where you are

Posted on June 6th, 2012

Former president Bill Clinton has some excellent words on Facebook and the communications culture that is developing in our country. Williams: “Do you have an opinion on Facebook as a movement, as a product, as an IPO? And did you buy in?” Clinton: “No, I didn’t buy any, no, I don’t have an opinion on the IPO. What I’m worried about is that for young people who send an average of 80 text messages a day on their telephones, and live on the internet, that it may make it harder for them now and for the rest of their lives to be present where they are. I think one thing is, I was the last president born—President Bush, I never asked him this, how…

Google+ a Facebook Killer?

Posted on July 21st, 2011

I’ve been trying out Google+ this week, and my impressions are very favorable. The buzz around it is that it’s a “Facebook Killer.” This article addresses that topic by saying it’s much more: a web-encompassing productivity and communications network. I find it a very intriguing thesis. I don’t think Google+ will kill Facebook, but it will severely reduce its presence and alter its active participants. I quit Facebook in part because it had become an inane place of ridiculous game invites, pokes, and petty arguments. I spent part of my time on Facebook blocking apps, part of it trying to keep the soft-porn ads from showing up, and the rest dealing with juvenile political and religious ravings. Google+ has none of that garbage, and…

The Bermuda Triangle of Productivity

Posted on December 31st, 2010

One of the best decisions I made in the last 395 days was to quit Facebook and Twitter. You can read about my reasons here (summary: Lutherans have an astonishing capacity to put the worst construction on everything), but the far more important reason is what a great distraction it all is. I’m still in touch with the people that actually care about me. But that incessant stream of uselessness from so-called friends is gone, along with the harassment of frenemies. Also, I am no longer sharing all my personal data with Mark Zuckerberg. (When a product is free, YOU are the product – and you ARE being sold.) There are still plenty of distractions for me – but I was astonished to find…

Trinity 27 sermon

Posted on November 22nd, 2010

Gospel for Trinity 27 (Last Sunday of the Church Year): Matthew 25.1-13 Discovering that using the social-networking website Facebook was facilitating adulterous relationships within his congregation, a pastor in New Jersey has gotten his fifteen minutes of fame by requiring all of the married leaders in his church to delete their Facebook accounts. That is a legalistic and very wrong solution to a very real problem that transcends adultery. In an essay entitled “The Acceleration of Addictiveness,” Paul Graham observes that when new drugs or technologies were developed at a slower rate, culture was able to counteract the worst addictions by developing customs that discouraged harmful behaviors. With the rapid pace of change today, addictions are accelerating, among them a widespread addiction to the…

All a-Twitter for St. John Chrysostom

Posted on February 11th, 2009

The first time I heard about Twitter, I thought it was ridiculous. Then, when the buzz didn’t die down, I signed up for an account. No one I knew was on it, and it seemed silly. Twitter asks the question, “What are you doing right now?” I took it literally, thinking I needed to broadcast to the world every boring, stupid, and embarrassing detail of my life. Then, I discovered Facebook. I really like it. It can be a major timewaster (Hello? Mob Wars?), but I love being able to keep up with parishioners, family members, and friends I otherwise would rarely see or talk with. And I enjoy reading the humorous, angry, snarky, and occasionally uplifting status updates of others. It’s a massive…