Hollywood’s Variety Magazine reports that the most influential celebrities for teenagers are now YouTube stars. In fact, when it comes to their “Q” score, YouTube stars have far more impact on teenagers than major names like Taylor Swift or Johnny Depp. In the Variety list, the only mainstream TV, music, or movie stars to crack the top ten were Bruno Mars and Taylor Swift. And the top six positions?
From time to time it’s good to remember this classic quote from the writer of “Amusing Ourselves to Death,” Neil Postman. His book is a classic on the media driven culture we’ve created, and how it has transformed the way we live. In the book, he makes a case between two views of the future – those of Aldous Huxley, author of “Brave New World” and George Orwell, author of “1984.” He compares the two versions and speculates which one was right. Let me know which you agree with:
One of my favorite Thomas Edison quotes is: “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” I can confirm that in four decades of working with leaders, the single biggest reason they fail is that they get distracted. They aren’t willing to
We wonder why colleges and universities are in such upheaval these days. Soaring costs, spiraling student debt, and more and more difficulty recruiting students. I can’t solve the debt issue, but a recent list of college classes reveals a great deal about why more and more students are simply opting out. Read this list, and you’ll agree that the age of studying great books and ideas is growing more and more extinct:
We’d like to think that when it comes to picking friends, electing political candidates, or investing in people, we’re pretty good at learning to trust. But Dan Ariely, writing in the Wall Street Journal, explodes that myth with recent research. In fact, it appears we rarely do little more than base our trust on how someone looks:
Many people were shocked when I shared the discovery of why Planned Parenthood’s atrocities recently revealed in undercover interviews have gotten little (if any) notice in the media. Most didn’t realize just how sophisticated their strategy is for silencing their critics and generating positive PR. But now, World Magazine reports that there’s more. James Bruce writes in World that
There have been tens of thousands of social media posts, as well as numerous Christian websites calling Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis a Christian “hero” or “martyr” for her refusal to obey the law and provide marriage licenses for same sex couples. Her refusal, after receiving multiple orders to do so, led to her arrest and she landed in the Carter County Detention Center where crowds have been standing outside chanting for her release. But is Kim Davis a Christian hero for standing on her convictions? Are people right in admiring her and calling her a martyr for her faith?
Since the recent Supreme Court ruling, and the follow up pressure on companies, nonprofits, and churches, I’ve had a number of pastors ask me if they should put an official statement about the church’s view of marriage on their website. The thinking is that putting out a public statement will let people know upfront their position and save any confusion later. My friend Jack Graham, pastor of Prestonwood Church in Dallas, supports that view, and we’ve actually discussed the wording of their statement. When we initially discussed it, my first inclination was “no.” After all, why highlight an issue before it’s an issue? Especially when it just involves roughly 4% of the population. But Jack got me thinking (as usual), so I asked a range of respected leaders their opinion. I’ve listed a handful below, starting with “No, don’t do it” to “Yes, do it.” Let me know what you think:
I’ve known Ray Comfort for a number of years, and one thing I admire him for is getting out there and interacting directly with nonbelievers. You may or may not like his methods, but the truth is, he’s not harsh, condescending, or rude – he simply tells people the truth. In fact, I’m constantly surprised at how many people he meets who actually start re-thinking their opinions about evolution, same-sex marriage, abortion, and other hot button issues. So as Ray launched his recent “Audacity” campaign, I asked him some questions. Read his answers, and let me know your thoughts:
No matter how many expose’ videos are produced showing Planned Parenthood employees and leaders detailing the horrifying business of dismembering unborn children, selling off body parts, or even harvesting the brain from a baby boy who’s heart was still beating, the mainstream media simply doesn’t cover the issue. From major broadcast networks, to online platforms, to newspapers, there has been virtual radio silence. Well, recently we discovered why: