Every year since 2004, Pew Research has done a “state of the news media” assessment on what’s happening with newspapers, network, local, and cable TV news, and digital news. One finding: daily newspapers are continuing their decline in circulation and revenue. Another finding: viewers and readers are declining across the board, except for radio.
He didn’t exactly anticipate social media or the internet, but the late Neil Postman surely anticipated its effects in Amusing Ourselves to Death, published in 1985 (His Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology, is equally good). Samuel James at Letter & Liturgy applies Postman to social media and specifically Twitter. He’s not encouraged.
David Heddedorf at Front Porch Republic writes on radical editorial change at a literary journal. Thomas Schreiner wants Christians about the theological dangers from both the left and the right. An article in The Guardianasks what historical evidence exists for the life and death of Jesus. Thomas Kidd discusses the two main things all of us need from leaders. Nathan Ward at CrimeReads writes about the night Gertrude Stein met Dashiell Hammett. Larnelle Harris sings “Amen.” And more.
Life and Culture
Death by Minutia – Samuel D. James at Letter & Liturgy.
Writing and Literature
The Night Gertrude Stein Met Dashiell Hammett – Nathan Ward at CrimeReads.
Art and Photography
St. Augustine’s, Fading Light, Late July 2018 – Chris Naffziger at St. Louis Patina.
Amen by Larnelle Harris
Painting: Subway Riders, oil on canvas by Francis Louis Mora, published in the New YorkSun on Dec. 13, 1914.