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Violence and gun control-4-O

25 May

While the media continues to call for increased gun control, they ignore their own responsibility. After the shooting at Columbine High School hit the news, there were a number of similar school shootings that also drew extensive news coverage. In fact, the coverage probably encouraged the others by showing them that they could become famous by killing people. To someone who feels that no one will listen to him, it sounds like a good way to get people to remember them. However coverage of a particularly tragic school shooting ended abruptly. The media first broke the news that there had been a shooting and then abruptly cut off news coverage, without giving any details, when they apparently realized the repercussions from such coverage. Unlike the other events, only one person died but the shooter’s age made it particularly scary. I took note of it because the shooting took place at an elementary school on the school campus where I had gone to Jr. High school years before. I received the details from friends who still live there. A six-year old boy walked into his first grade class, pulled out a gun, and shot and killed a first grade girl, in front of his whole class. He had picked up the loaded gun that was laying around at home before he left for school. Most likely, he was influenced by the coverage of the school shootings which told him that the way to solve your problems is with a gun. We need to stop glorifying these people in public. When the publicity stops, they will need to seek other ways to get attention. Hopefully, ones that are less destructive.

 

Media-1A-F

04 May

All the major radio and TV networks, as well as many newspapers, get their news from a single source. That source is the Associated Press and it is very liberal. In addition, the networks themselves are supported by liberal individuals and businesses that dictate a liberal bias. As a result, we have been seeing a tremendous one-sided attack on conservatives by the media. Fox News has tried to remain fairly balanced and is one of the few sources of balanced news available. Christian radio and TV stations (many listener supported) and magazines are continuing to keep Conservatives abreast of the latest news but unfortunately, many conservatives don’t listen to Christian programs or read Christian magazines. Many conservatives and even Christians continue to get the bulk of their news from liberal news sources and hold liberal views on many social issues. Liberals found social media to be a great way to get their message out and have been dominating the social media. Conservatives have been slow to recognize its value, however an increasing number of conservative organizations have begun using it to reach conservatives that don’t access conservative radio, TV, and magazines.

 
 

Previous Posts 9/12

02 Oct

This is the ninth in the series of previous posts and highlights
unions, Economics, Media, Health Care

Click on the links below to access those series.

 

Media-A-F

11 Mar

While the Corona virus is a serious problem, it is being blown all out of proportion by the media. We are seeing a general fear spreading about the Corona virus far exceeding its effects. Like with the mass shootings, the media seems intent on spreading fear yet the virus itself is little more of a threat than the flu. Even though there are only about 800 cases in the U.S., major sports events are being canceled, schools closed, and towns are now being quarantined causing major economic and social disruptions. In addition, the stock market has been running like a roller coaster. Those who panic and sell their stocks are losing heavily but those who are sitting back and watching the market are raking in millions by buying up stocks cheap from those who panic and waiting for them to go back up. While we need to be cautious, we should not give into the fear around us.

 
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Media-B-E

21 Feb

It helps if churches put their worship times on their website as well as their address and location so those who wish to visit will know where and when they are. When my wife and I travel on weekends and seek out a church near the motel to attend on Sunday but without an address and directions, we don’t know where they are or how to get to them. In addition, I often receive invitations to conferences and special speakers and programs from the vast network of churches I work with. I usually go to the church’s website or Facebook page to learn more about the event to see if I want to attend. Without an address, I don’t know if an invitation from the First Presbyterian Church comes from the one in Bowling Green, Oh, Orlando, Florida, or somewhere in Texas. The first I might attend, the others probably not unless it’s a really good event. It does little good to promote a program without informing people of where it will be.

 
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Media-B-D

21 Feb

Facebook pages and websites are a good way to keep your members informed about activities at the church and let visitors know about your church. If so, be sure to keep it up to date. Nothing is more frustrating than to go to a church website and see it advertising an event that took place 2-4 years ago with no information about current events. One wonders if the church doesn’t do anything or just forgets to post its activities. It costs nothing to post an upcoming event of Facebook where members can check to see what is happening, saving a great deal on postage. But, be sure to offer the option of getting a mailing for those who don’t have access to a computer.

 
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Media-B-C

11 Nov

Censorship has been a growing problem experienced by conservatives willing to challenge the liberal propaganda. Facebook has been harassing conservatives that get too big a following. They have been limiting us because we are getting so many friend requests. While I understand they don’t want people soliciting requests, over 90% of our requests are from people who heard about us by word of mouth. We have been getting 20-30 new requests a day since May but Facebook has been limiting us to accepting a total of no more than 20 a day so we have built a large backlog of requests. Thursday night Facebook cut off new requests. We haven’t got any since then and we cannot access the backlogged ones to approve them. We don’t know if they won’t let people make requests or just are not notifying us that requests have been made. We are nowhere near the 5000 limit so that isn’t the problem. We don’t know how long

 
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media-B-B

24 Oct

Many churches don’t use social media or use it very poorly. Many churches do not have websites and many churches have websites and don’t know it. For instance, Yellow Pages will set up websites for churches, often without their knowledge when they purchase a yellow page listing. Usually it only contains name, address, and phone number, but the church can add information to it. The website will remain, even if the church changes its name or moves, unless the church has it removed. It provides a good opportunity for a church to redirect visitors to its website if it changes its name. If a church changes its name from Salem United Methodist to Salem Community Church, it may put a link on the Yellow Pages website connecting the visitor to its regular website. Someone looking for a Methodist Church would be directed to the Salem United Methodist website which would have a link to their church’s Salem Community Church website.

 
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Media-B-A

24 Oct

For most older people, social media is a mysterious and confusing jungle. While some enter it timidly, many ignore it altogether. Even though they don’t actively participate in social media, many often go online to get information. For the younger generation, it is a vital part of life. Many don’t realize the part it plays in our everyday life and its potential. Many insiders believe that Obama won the presidency in 2008 because of the social media blitz by Obama’s campaign headquarters which mobilized large numbers of young people. Many people now check a church’s website before visiting the church. Not only do they check for service times but also for information about the church. They often check out what types of activities and programs the church offers.

 
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Media-J

16 Aug

With almost all the national media funneled through the Associated Pres which filters and colors the news to promote liberal programs and ignore, and even attack conservative programs, While there are still independent radio and TV stations, they are few and being squeezed out of the marketplace. In addition, many Christians still rely on the mainstream media to keep them up to date. As a result, many Christians have a distorted view of what is going on today. Since they don’t read the Bible, or only accept those portions they agree with, they often support programs which clearly violate Scripture. The Social media has been the main source of the truth for many people, because of the censorship in the mainstream media. However we are seeing increasing censorship of conservatives by the social media. If social media blocks it, there is no  other way for people to hear about it. Christians need to be aggressive in passing along Bible-based material and the truth about Social issues and events to their friends. I have worked hard to keep Christians informed on Social issues and events but I can only reach so many. However, if others pass it on to their friends, and they pass it on to their friends, it will soon reach millions of people.  Liberals are very aggressive on social media and doing everything they can to block those who promote the truth. It is easy for them to block big organizations from posting material but almost impossible to track millions of individuals who pick up the information and pass it on.

 

 
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