Friday, September 21, 2012

Truth decay

Mike Lowery, pastor of Impact Community Church in Rock Hill, spoke about "truth decay" last Sunday in his sermon.

I had never heard of "truth decay," but it seems to be pervasive in our modern culture.

Truth decay, according to Lowery, is the idea that anything goes, anything is acceptable or anything that you say or do is okay.

Unfortunately, it is in our families and our personal lives, Lowery said.

It's easier to lie and be accepted by others than it is to tell the truth.

For if you tell the truth, you're viewed as being intolerant or judgmental, he said.

Evidence of "truth decay," he noted, runs rampant in our "post-modern, relativistic world."

On the other hand, the Bible, God's divine word to us, says: "You shall know the truth and the truth will set you free."

Strong words that should guide us.

You know one historic figure who didn't live by them?

His name was Joseph Goebbels, right-hand man to Hitler and minister of propaganda for the Third Reich.

This is what Goebbels declared:

If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie,

and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

Lowery and the Bible have it right. Goebbels is rotting in hell.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

iPad gets Hitler's dandruff up!

I'm leading a high school workshop session today on iPad storytelling. Related to that, I've just encountered this video of Adolph Hitler's extreme distaste/hatred

for this Apple product.

Turn your sound up and enjoy:

Monday, September 17, 2012

Case of the purloined apple

Here's a short video that Winthrop University student Jennifer Dean created about a stolen apple in the mass comm. department at Winthrop University.

It stars you know who!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Recorded conversations about that fateful day

A year or so ago I blogged about the anniversary of the hijackings on Sept. 11, 2011.

Yesterday, of course, we marked the 11th anniversary of this tragedy.

To revisit the recorded conversations

of the air traffic controllers trying to make sense of all the terror in the air on Sept. 11, turn up your sound and click here.

Riveting stuff.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Watch out for the boomers...

Here's an article co-written by friend Jamie Chrisman

Low and myself. It appeared in the September 2012 edition of Publishers' Auxiliary.


"Fifty Shades of Grey" a blockbuster book

In the only course I'm teaching this semester we are currently focusing on books as a form of mass communication.

And you can't discuss books in this day and age without mentioning the number one best-selling novel "Fifty Shades of Grey" by E.L. James.

I've learned that "Fifty Shades..." is selling at the rate of one book per second.

If you haven't read James' novel, brace yourself for sexually steamy literature. James said she conceptualized her book by doing research in the bedroom, watching sexually graphic movies and getting tidbits of info. from other sources. Wonder who/what those may have been?

The housewife and mother she was inspired to write it after reading the vampire "Twilight" series.

Here's an interview with Ms. James: