Posts Tagged ‘internet’



Porn’s Frightening Impact on the Media Industry

Way back in 2006, the Los Angeles Times tracked the impact of the pornography industry on the emerging technology of the time.  I’ve written before on the history of the battle between industry giants VHS and Betamax, back in the early days of home video. Back then, when home video was new, someone could purchase an X-rated video on the phone, and have it mailed to his doorstep in a plain, brown wrapper. For the first time, you could purchase sexually explicit videos without being seen publicly, and the industry literally Read the full article »

The Lausanne Movement and Global Media

I was quite honored recently to be invited to speak and participate in the first Lausanne Movement Consultation on Global Media.  It was a group of about 50 representatives from around the world working in media.  The meeting was an extension of the famous Lausanne Movement launched by Read the full article »

It’s Time to Break Your Email Addiction

We all have it to some degree, and now, psychologists are actually trying to quantify it and make a broadly addressed behavioral problem. I’m not sure I’d agree with that, but I do think it’s more serious that most people realize, especially when it keeps you from accomplishing significant things with your life. To that end, here’s some principles to think about the next time you sit down at the computer or check your mobile device: Read the full article »

Be Honest: Ever Feel Addicted to Being Online?

The American Psychiatric Association is focusing more and more attention to our online behavior – some might say “addiction.”  For instance, they’ve officially recommended “Internet-use Gaming Disorder” for further study.  I’m a contributor to Fast Company magazine, and they recently did a reader poll and discovered that 47.5% of their readers admitted to feeling addicted to the Internet. Perhaps a more revealing look at people’s behavior is the question of what people are willing to give up to spend more time online: Read the full article »

Internet Filters Don’t Always Work

Here’s a rather funny example of why Internet filtering has to be tweaked.

 

The Online Risk: Do You Know Where Your Kids Are Surfing?

Today, moms have good reason to be concerned about how their teens use the Internet, but the truth is, online dangers pale compared to the risks of drunk driving. In 2007, 6,552 people were killed in auto accidents involving young drivers (16-20), according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA). In 2006, nearly a fifth (18%) of the 7,643 15- to 20-year-old drivers involved in fatal traffic crashes had a high blood alcohol level.  On the other hand, the numbers from the Crimes Against Children Research Center indicate that one child in seven has received an unwanted sexual Read the full article »

What I Learned from African Media Professionals

Recently, Kathleen and I had the opportunity to be the keynote speakers at the annual conference for the Association of Christian Media in Johannesburg, South Africa. We had about 150 leaders in attendance, and some had to be turned away. The attendees represented a wide range of communicators across Africa, from radio, TV, print, Internet, social media, and more. The attendance was the largest in the organization’s history, and as usual, the incredible experience taught me a few things about using the media to share our faith with the world: Read the full article »

Is TV The Last Great Campfire?

In spite of the encroaching Internet, I’ve always believed that television will continue to be an important medium.  After all, radio didn’t displace movies, and TV didn’t displace radio.  Everything finds it’s level in the mediaverse.  The recent and growing demand for TV commercial spots just confirms that statement*.  Although the number of TV households fell by 1.2 million this past year, TV is still the last great “mass” medium.  While more and more people are on Facebook, blogs, and websites, it’s a scattered audience, and to reach a concentrated public, television is still the medium of choice.   As a result, after fears of the web stealing ad revenue from TV, indications are that TV ad dollars are rising, and that’s why the Read the full article »

The Risks of Online Mentoring and Counseling

Between the ranks of executive mentors, pastors and religious leaders, coaches, counselors, therapists, and more, everyday, there are hundreds of thousands of people who counsel, mentor, train, advise, and encourage others online.  But before you connect the next time, remember that once you hit the “send” button on that email, you’ve lost control of the message.  We also know that email vendors like Google are keeping those messages intact potentially forever.  Plus, the courts recently ruled that even text messages aren’t private.  All of that means
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Should the Government Take Over the Internet too?

It seems there’s really no end to the industries Washington wants to run.  Today, the Wall Street Journal reports that:  “A federal appeals court ruled last month that the Federal Communications Commission lacks the authority to regulate the Internet. No worries, mate. This week the Obama Administration chose to “reclassify” the Internet so it can regulate the Web anyway. This crowd is nothing if not
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