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In a troubling new survey featured in the recent documentary Porn: What's the Harm?, the BBC found that one in every four young people said they had seen Internet pornography by the age of 12. The researchers polled about 1,000 young people and also found that one third of them first encountered porn accidentally “either through searching for something else, a misleading link, or on social media.” Half of all of those surveyed said that viewing sexually explicit material online changed their own expectations of sex. The ministry xxxChurch offers resources and even online tools for those struggling with addiction to pornography ... Discuss

 
Our culture has a tendency to jump on the bandwagon of popular opinion—but at what point does it get out of hand? Read More
 

This week we talk to a man of many talents - artist, entrepreneur, founder of MOSAIC, and author of the new book, "The Artisan Soul," Erwin McManus. Plus, we introduce a new internet correspondent, give you the week's news and entertainment, read through your Lent feedback and much more ... Read More

 

In honor of the World Wide Web’s 25th birthday this week, Tim Berners-Lee ( the man credited with inventing WWW, sorry Al Gore), participated in a Reddit AMA. Along with answering questions on how he thought the Internet would grow in the coming years, discussing concerns about privacy and the role the web plays in democracy, Berners-Lee admitted that the single thing that has surprised him most about the rise of online communications was all those kittens. Congratulations cats, you’ve finally achieved the credibility and recognition you’ve long for ... Discuss

 

The United States may have out preformed the English in the Winter Olympic medal count, but the U.K. is making headlines for a new prestigious honor: The British post twice as many cat photos as they do selfies. According to research by the country’s network Three, the public there shares more than 3.8 million feline-related videos or images online everyday, and just 1.4 million daily selfies ... Discuss

 

Not only does Pope Francis have some really compelling ideas about serving the poor, he also, evidently, has a pretty good understanding of Internet culture. In a statement, Pope Francis said that the technology “is something truly good, a gift from God,” but noted it can have negative social consequences as well: “The desire for digital connectivity can have the effect of isolating us from our neighbors, from those closest to us." His most noteworthy thoughts about the Internet however, was his advice to fellow Christians about basic online etiquette.

To (have a) dialogue means to believe that the 'other' has something worthwhile to say, and to entertain his or her point of view and perspective. Engaging in dialogue does not mean renouncing our own ideas and traditions, but the pretense that they alone are valid and absolute … May the light we bring to others not be the result of cosmetics or special effects, but rather of our being loving and merciful neighbors to those wounded and left on the side of the road.

Look at any Facebook thread about a hot-button political issue or the comments below a divisive online article, and it’s clear that the Pope seems to know what he’s talking about ... Discuss