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Why did the granddaughter of infamous preacher and cult-leader Fred Phelps walk away from Westboro Baptist Church?
That is the question that drives a 10,000-word profile on Megan Phelps-Roper in The New Yorker last month. And the answer, according to the essay, is Twitter. Megan’s interactions on social media helped her see her opponents as truly human and prompted her to walk away from the only home she had ever known.
Conspiracy theories are breeding grounds for fears. Both the theories and fears fertilized thereby can be irrational. Many of these fears are stoked by so-called media outlets rushing to publish the most click-baity articles, facts not necessary.
I think it is safe to say that this phrase resonates most with those people who come out of some form of rigid religious environment. It is easy to see why this little mantra would be so popular among people who have been beaten down by religion. But allow me a gentle concern. “It’s not a religion, it’s a relationship” can easily become another religious ditch to get trapped in.
Disengagement in meetings can quickly snowball. You have seen this. When a few people disengage in a meeting, others are soon to follow. One of the biggest culprits of disengagement in a meeting are distractions. Distractions can steer emotional energy, creative thinking, and collective wisdom away from the important matters being discussed. Here are four huge distractions in meetings.
Over the past 54 years, the news cycle has accelerated to a breakneck speed. Not only do we have 24-hour news channels, we have Twitter and Facebook, blogs and RSS feeds, and we can get up-to-the-minute coverage of the most trivial non-events at any time and any place through our smartphones.
Because there is not enough news to fill our insatiable demand, the media (including social media) feasts on what Boorstin refers to as pseudo-events.