If high culture is like a gourmet meal, folk culture like a homecooked dinner, and pop culture is like fast food, what is social media? We live in a culture that is quick to accept something simply because it is popular. Today, cultural expressions are often considered classics simply because millions of people like it, … Continue reading Where Does Social Media Fall on the Cultural Spectrum?
If you have spent any time on this site, you will know that social media is a regular topic of discussion. There are some benefits to some of these platforms that keep me connected on a limited basis, but, not to put too fine a point on it, most of the social media experience is … Continue reading Steve Taylor Takes on Social Media with His Song, Rubberneck
Whether we realize it or not, we have all been misled on social media. These platforms serve us a steady diet of fake news, misleading content, and deep fakes, but where we are most susceptible is not where we would expect it. It is not the posts from people we consider opponents to our views … Continue reading Avoiding Misinformation on Social Media
I am often amazed by what people who decry fake news post on their social media feed. Often they complain about fake news with one breath and post more of it to their pages with the next. I get it; there is a lot of fake news out there. Mainstream media is not the bastion … Continue reading Social Media is Rarely a Healthy Alternative to Fake News
Chances are you feel less safe today than you did four months ago, and it has little to do with COVID-19. If you have been spending most of your time at home with little interaction with people you do not know, and have been spending significant amounts of time on social media, you probably have … Continue reading Social Media and Isolation: A Toxic Combination
We all know some of the benefits of social media. Whether it is staying in touch with family and friends, keeping up on the latest news, or a little entertainment, social media can deliver. These are the reasons we started using it, but as I mentioned in another post, when it comes to social media, … Continue reading Social Media: When a Distraction Starts to Feel Like an Obligation
Most people are quick admit that they rarely ever spend time on social media without something ruffling their feathers, and this should be expected. Research shows that posts that cause anger are more likely to be shared, liked, or commented on than any other kind of post. This is why, as Psychology Today reports, "Users … Continue reading Social Media’s Attack on Meekness
As mentioned in a recent post entitled Social Media is Brain Poison, where I used hyperbole to lay out some of the problems with social media, I mentioned that there are some real benefits to this new technology. Connectivity to family and friends is always at the top of the list. The problem is the … Continue reading The Costly Benefits of Social Media
Social media is brain poison. That is what runs through my mind every time I see one of the those nicotine commercials. Yes, I see the irony in that there is a good chance you found this post on social media. I am not saying that every aspect social media is negative. There are good … Continue reading Social Media is Brain Poison
If you want to see every one of God's standards for communication violated, spend a few minutes on Twitter. All you have to do is read what is being posted about the trending topics. Sometimes the topics themselves are violations of God's word.