Would I have learned to appreciate classical music — and even the very best of jazz or blues — if I hadn’t first learned to appreciate the best of rock and pop?
FRIENDLY GHOSTS, KARMIC REVENGE FANTASIES & COSMIC HAMSTER WHEELS
Pieter Vree & Jason M. Morgan
People today are perhaps more gullible than at any time in history and likely to believe just about anything.
Jason M. Morgan
The West's turning away from Faith and the sacraments has opened a void we now try to fill with whatever hucksters come up with next.
THE TYRANNY OF TECHNOLOGY IN THE 21ST CENTURY
Christopher M. Reilly
Christians need to be aware of how the structure and agendas of tech platforms like Facebook establish tyranny over religious and rational discourse.
ON THE WORSHIP OF THE MOLOCH OF EQUALITY
NPR’s programming has drifted downward and to the Left: the expectable, inevitable, massive movement of most institutions in a democracy.
STATE JUDICIAL SYSTEMS AND MEDIA HOLD A DOUBLE STANDARD
U.S. media and the American judicial system will gladly go after a high-ranking Catholic priest or bishop but will run cover for powerful Hollywood directors and actors.
The sexbot is a tool that uses us and mocks our weakness. It is a vision of Hell: inhuman, ruthless, mendacious, comfortless, and cold.
What happens when a fairly obscure writer picks a fight with a Christian YouTube celebrity who has over 200,000 followers?
"Novitiate" is a film to be expected at the bitter, burnt-out end of the sexual revolution. It is not so much a movie as a cry for help.
David C. Stolinsky
Liberalism is pop culture, and pop culture is liberalism. It flows out in a torrent from the amps of the tattooed crooners of our woe-befallen land.
Consumerism smothers culture and production is a thing of the past. Is it any wonder that men of today are alienated from the very concept of manhood, and are retreating into the cocoon of childhood?
Research has uncovered a link between soap operas and lower fertility rates in Brazil, Mexico, and Kenya. In fact, some countries have "a history of using soap operas to cut fertility."
THE GOD EVER BEFORE OUR EYES
Frederick W. Marks
THE PRESCIENT POSTMAN
J. Jacob Tawney
Arland K. Nichols
Whoever said that pornography is a victimless crime? The family is usually the first to suffer.
HOLY PORN !
Hundreds of Catholic groups -- dioceses and religious orders -- help fund their work through investments in porn-related companies.
Fox TV, the neocons' heaviest cultural artillery, has done some of the greatest damage to the conservative cause in the culture wars.
The Department of Defense wants to sell pornography, and even though the law prohibits them, they found a way to do it.
Free Speech Movement of the 1960s-era was about civil rights. Nowadays, it's about broadcasting the "s-word" and the "f-word."
In the wake of the Imus affair: Either there should be freedom of speech for everyone, or there should be censorship for most everyone.
Neocon Catholic Sean Hannity supports abortion, contraception and the war -- and a prominent Legionary priest supports Hannity.
Michael S. Rose
No diocese that has successfully attracted vocations has enlisted marketing professionals to make the priesthood attractive.
Review of All Shook Up: Music, Passion, and Politics
Go out and buy something — it's your patriotic duty!
TELEVISION IS WORSE THAN TOBACCO
Television use is linked to a significant loss of intellectual ability in young children, increased violent behavior, and loss of morals.
Besides being a divisive medium, TV is also a destabilizing medium, a revolutionary medium, and thus a medium not very receptive to traditional values.
The "Seven [Remaining] Dirty Words You Can't Say on TV" just became six.
The splashy success of The Vagina Monologues simply requires comment.
A DANGEROUS NOTION
We should consider the possibility that habitual electronic amusement has moral as well as emotional and intellectual implications.
Our culture has developed a real phobia about the simple word, "man."
ON CHOOSING HEROES WISELY
Eric J. Scheske
Hero-worship is so ingrained in our natures that if we cannot find a hero we may follow a pseudo-hero.
"Prime-time roles" for "people of color on the small screen"
THE FUTURE BELONGS TO THE FERTILE
Allan C. Carlson
SELF MAGAZINE GETS RELIGION
J. A. Gray
SELF magazine boasts, “Ten Eloquent Writers Take on the Mighty Ten Commandments.” Each gets four or five hundred words to do it.
CAN WE STILL DISTINGUISH BETWEEN SAINTHOOD AND CELEBRITY?
Wesley D. Avram
TRYING TO BE ANYTHING BUT A NERD OR A NOBODY
James K. Fitzpatrick
LOST IN CYBERSPACE
DEFENDING THE POOR FROM THE JADED RICH
WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO GOOD OLD-FASHIONED FUN?
BAD HABITS & GOVERNMENT INDIFFERENCE
George F. Kennan
Review of The Unreality Industry
CHRIST AND NEIGHBOR
John C. Cort
CHRIST & NEIGHBOR
THE REWARDS OF PATIENT CAPITAL
We are controlled by numerical systems run amok — creating lists and statistics, SAT scores and Nielsen ratings, Gallup and Harris polls, and the fearsome “bottom line.”
Springsteen describes a difficult, often lonely America, yet he is an idealist speaking of plain virtues — strength of will, hard work, generosity.
Bruce L. Edwards Jr.
The current identification of the Christian life with consumerism, suburban aspirations, and a gamut of other materialistic concerns denies the incarnation — makes it incredible.
THE POWER OF MUSIC
Socrates would say that good music is music that makes the soul better, that is, more harmonious, and bad music is music that makes the soul unharmonious.
TV is an effective teacher of a worldview diametrically opposed to the Christian worldview.
“GOOD NEWS TIME”
Miles O’Brien Riley
TV news is becoming the best place to tell our story. It offers opportunities for believers to express their faith in a prime time context.
- Karl Keating