On The Role of Film as Course Material

In the years I have been teaching philosophy, religious studies, and communications, I have used a variety of resources in my courses. Textbooks are useful in many courses and students are expected to complete assigned readings in order to be prepared for class. The same expectation applies to other readings such as primary source readings…

As News Consumers Age, Newspapers Continue Death March

I was shocked earlier this week when someone told me about a 39-year-old person who reads the newspaper every morning. I’m 40, and I haven’t picked up a newspaper in … well, I can’t really remember. I tried to rationalize by imagining that this person must look at each article and say, “I saw that…

@Twitter, the #WorldSeries and #Hurricane #Sandy

While sitting in Pennsylvania this morning, awaiting the arrival of Hurricane Sandy, I pushed out the following across three social media platforms: Presently #SFgiants is trending higher than and #Sandy related hashtags on Twitter. Many ways to interpret that. What’s yours? That was at 8:14 a.m. as the storm was moving over New Jersey, heading…

The Smart Phone: Our Most Personal Possession

“Can I borrow your phone?” The very sound of this question incites a fear in the deepest recesses of our hearts. We are immediately suspicious, confused and vulnerable all at the same time. Why? We certainly didn’t have that reaction years ago when someone in our home would ask to use the land line. Now,…