Tag: social media

Makers of ‘Unplanned’ say social media shutdown among hurdles film faced

Makers of ‘Unplanned’ say social media shutdown among hurdles film faced

| Elizabeth Bachmann | July 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

The directors of “Unplanned,” the life-affirming, true story of a Planned Parenthood clinic director turned pro-life activist, described a White House summit on social media as a needed opportunity for conservatives to discuss how Facebook, Twitter and Google and other outlets are shutting out their voices.

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To kill the cult of personality

To kill the cult of personality

| Liz Kelly | June 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

A year or so ago, my very talented and prayerful assistant convinced me I needed to develop a better website. I dragged my feet — and legs, and arms, and torso and half-hermit heart. The thought of “marketing” makes me nauseous, and social media in general disturbs my spirit. I wonder what Jesus, who never consulted a publicist or created a branding strategy, thinks of such hubbub.

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How to accept criticism: a spiritual exercise

How to accept criticism: a spiritual exercise

| Christina Capecchi | June 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

We live in an unfortunate era for online criticism. Critics fling insults they would never dare utter face to face. Defendants — typically privileged public figures — bristle with self-righteousness, dubbing their critics “haters,” earning praise for “clapping back” in their own defense.

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USCCB leaders say apostolic exhortation a call to invest in young people

USCCB leaders say apostolic exhortation a call to invest in young people

| Junno Arocho Esteves | April 2, 2019 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation “Christus Vivit” (“Christ Lives”) is a “wonderful summons to the church to more vigorously invest in youth and young adults, especially those on the peripheries and those disconnected from the church,” said a trio of leaders within the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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Papal document addresses challenges of evangelizing in the digital age

Papal document addresses challenges of evangelizing in the digital age

| Junno Arocho Esteves | April 2, 2019 | 0 Comments

While digital communications and social media can be used as a tool of evangelization and a place of dialogue with others, they also can be lonely environments where young people fall prey to humanity’s worst vices, Pope Francis wrote.

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With immediacy comes responsibility in the 24/7 social media world

With immediacy comes responsibility in the 24/7 social media world

| Dennis Sadowski | February 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

The image on social media was striking. A smiling teenager wearing a red “Make America Great Again” baseball cap and a Native American elder playing a drum and chanting, both staring at each other in a tense encounter.

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Much changed since Children’s Online Protection, Privacy Act became law

Much changed since Children’s Online Protection, Privacy Act became law

| Mark Pattison | October 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

Twenty years ago, the Children’s Online Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA) passed Congress and was signed into law.

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Being Catholic online — problems and possibilities

Being Catholic online — problems and possibilities

| Jana Marguerite Bennett | October 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

Is there a theology of social media? Our sacramental tradition values our bodily natures and the material substances of wine, bread, oil and water. Social media seem to overlook our bodies, instead drawing us into an abstract world of words and images.

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What role can social media play in evangelization?

What role can social media play in evangelization?

| October 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

These days, one is hard-pressed to find people who speak positively about social media. In fact, a quick Google search of the term “social media” brings about doom-and-gloom articles discussing how social media have brought about the ruin of our institutions, turned us into antisocial scrollers and are the root source of depression and anxiety.

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On Twitter and other social media, church ‘called to be salt and light’

On Twitter and other social media, church ‘called to be salt and light’

| Steve Larkin | July 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis has said that shepherds “should have the smell of the sheep.” For some bishops and their dioceses, that means going on Twitter.

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Going viral with God’s message

Going viral with God’s message

| Father Tom Wilson | June 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

A diet of locusts and wild honey. A wardrobe of a hair shirt. The willingness to publicly challenge social power and influence in order to communicate God’s plan for marriage. A message of a change of heart to all who would listen. Any of these attributes or actions would garner a lot of attention on social media today. The attention might be negative or even hateful, but I can only imagine the person behind these bold eccentricities would go viral for at least a while.

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