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A Communications Dragnet

We could use old Joe Friday again. He was the iconic police detective in the Dragnet entertainment franchise.  Each show in the series used to open with a promise: the story you are about to hear (or see) is true.  Joe Friday would always get to the truth.  Along the way his mantra was not-at-all […]

Trust and hope for history

As is customary on the feast of the archangels, yesterday the Vatican’s Secretariat for Communication announced the theme of the next World Day of Social Communications, to be celebrated on May 28, 2017. With reference to a core biblical belief – “Fear not, for I am with you” (Isa 43:5) – the next annual celebration […]

News about news

When the news is about the news, it’s probably a slow news day! Except at the Vatican, where there were two such stories this week.  Neither one is a real “flash,” but both have something worth considering. The first is that Pope Francis gave another talk.  That’s not exactly news!  But this talk was to […]

The pope and cell phones

If one didn’t know any better, it would be easy to think that Pope Francis has a thing against cell phones. Last November, at a general audience on the subject of conviviality, he spoke of the “barely familial” family in which “children are engrossed with a computer at the table, or a mobile phone, and […]

Unable to disconnect

Feeling exhausted?  Maybe you’re just too popular! That’s not really the answer, but it may correlate to new research that finds deleterious consequences to checking email at all hours of the day or night.  That so many people want to chat is causing deep unrest. But the problem isn’t with 24/7 accessibility, nor with the […]

Digital labor pains

Labor Day marks our centuries-old celebration of the social and economic achievements of all those who by sweat of brow and brawn of hands have contributed to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of the nation. Whatever the type, whatever the accomplishments, labor entails work and work can be painful.  According to the Bureau of Labor […]