Posts Tagged ‘Social Media’

Artificial intelligence a technology in search of a guiding philosophy – Kissinger Comments 0

Thursday, May 17th, 2018
Artificial intelligence

Henry Kissinger, ‘historian and occasional practising statesman,’ has flagged concerns about the effect digital technology is having on humanity. He says “for all its achievements, it runs the risk of turning on itself as its impositions overwhelm its conveniences. “Beyond factual questions (“What is the temperature outside?”), questions about the nature of reality or the Read more

God only knows what Facebook is doing to children’s brains Comments 0

Monday, November 13th, 2017

Sean Parker, the founding president of Facebook, gave me a candid insider’s look at how social networks purposely hook and potentially hurt our brains. Be smart: Parker’s I-was-there account provides priceless perspective in the rising debate about the power and effects of the social networks, which now have scale and reach unknown in human history. He’s Read more

Teen suicide and social media link – archbishop suggests help Comments 0

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Teen suicide is a growing problem which should be met with prayer and efforts to help young people develop healthy use of social media, says Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver. Speaking to the Denver Catholic, Aquila spoke of the 50 Colorado teens who took their own lives in 2014, the 72 in 2015, the 68 Read more

Bishop’s social media post teaches debating religion Comments 0

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Facebook and other social media platforms reach millions of people each year. “You’ll see a lot of energy around religious issues … often angry … but very little argument,” US Bishop, Robert Barron says. His Facebook talk “How to have a religious argument” aims to teach people how to argue better on the internet.Read more Read more

The death of reading is threatening the soul Comments 0

Thursday, July 27th, 2017
death of reading

I am going through a personal crisis. I used to love reading. I am writing this blog in my office, surrounded by 27 tall bookcases laden with 5,000 books. Over the years I have read them, marked them up, and recorded the annotations in a computer database for potential references in my writing. To a Read more

Social media a lazy way for politicians to communicate with young Comments 0

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

Social media is a lazy and ineffective way for politicians to communicate with voters says Tino Mahowa, a student at St Bernard’s College in Lower Hutt. “If any politician were to use social media as a way to communicate, it would be to their detriment. It’s a terrible means of conveying detailed information.” “Candidates could Read more

German President, social media and anti-Semitism Comments 0

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

German head of state President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has spoken out about the way social media is being used to promote anti-Semitism through “hate tirades” in Germany and across Europe. Speaking after a ceremony celebrating the centenary of a synagogue in the southern German town of Augsburg that survived the Nazi regime, Steinmeier said: “The social Read more

Addiction to social media Comments 0

Monday, June 19th, 2017

The word “addiction” brings to mind alcohol and drugs. Yet, over the past 20 years, a new type of addiction has emerged: addiction to social media. It may not cause physical harms, such as those caused by tobacco and alcohol, but it has the potential to cause long-term damage to our emotions, behaviour and relationships. Read more

The seven deadly sins of social media Comments 0

Friday, November 25th, 2016

Social networks do best when they tap into one of the seven deadly sins. Facebook is ego. Zynga is sloth. LinkedIn is greed. ~ Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn (2011) The Atlantic’s Robinson Meyer suggests that Hoffman’s tongue-in-cheek comment from five years ago may contain more than a kernel of truth. Using Dante’s Inferno as Read more

Sindr – the hotline to the Sacraments Comments 0

Friday, November 25th, 2016

Sindr, an app using GPS technology to get you to Mass and Reconciliation, is now official. It has just been launched at St Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Next time you’re looking for somewhere to go to Mass or Reconciliation, it may come to your aid. If you’re in Scotland, that is. It will tell you Read more