Media Mashup: September 28, 2015


Screen Shot 2015-09-27 at 5.33.16 PMCommunication: It Ain’t Happening

The New York Times provides an obvious, but important, analysis: “Studies of conversation both in the laboratory and in natural settings show that when two people are talking, the mere presence of a phone on a table between them or in the periphery of their vision changes both what they talk about and the degree of connection they feel. People keep the conversation on topics where they won’t mind being interrupted. They don’t feel as invested in each other. Even a silent phone disconnects us.” For more details, see

Cornell Prez: Throw Out The First Amendment When It’s Convenient

The newly installed president of Cornell University argues that it may be necessary to restrict First Amendment speech for the greater good. Seriously? Her promotion as head of an Ivy League college demonstrates how leftists have taken over academia. For more details, see

Pope Is An Evangelist, Not a Politician reminded me that the pope isn’t what the mainstream media want him to be.

“No matter how much the MSM wants to use & spin the Pope to serve their purposes, and no matter how many might find it to their advantage to hit the Pope, he isn’t here as a political actor, as Father Dwight Longenecker put it:

The Pope is an Evangelist – Pope Francis, like Benedict and John Paul before him, is not only the leader of the world’s Catholics–he is the successor of the Apostles Peter and Paul and they were traveling evangelists. St Paul went to Athens and adapted the gospel message to his philosophical hearers. Likewise, with his emphasis on climate change Pope Francis is making a connection with secular people. He gets them to agree with him on climate change and then goes on to talk about the dignity of the human person, our obligation to the Creator and the need to have an encounter with Christ. This is a good, tried and true evangelistic method.”

Christopher Harper is a longtime journalist, who reported in Europe and the Middle East. He teaches media law and international journalism. Send suggestions and tips to


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