Monthly archives: August, 2017

“Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator”

Book Review “Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator” is the bestselling book by the marketer, public relations director, and media strategist Ryan Holiday. The book chronicles Holiday’s time working as a media strategist for such clients as New York Times Bestselling authors Tucker Max and Robert Greene as well as American Apparel founder Dov Charney. Trust Me, I’m Lying is a behind the scenes look at the current online journalism system. The book is split into two parts: the first explains why blogs matter, how they drive the news, and how they can be manipulated, and the second shows what happens when this is done, how it backfires, and the consequences of the current media system. Excerpt … “Reporters owe a duty to reality, not to platforms. Bloggers believe the opposite. Then once you understand the limitations of the platform, the constraints can be used against the people who depend on it. The technology can be turned on itself.” Some food for thought from one insight gleaned in reading this book. Recommended read by Matt Hartung.


I Hate You! I Love You!

How Can We All Get Along A Little Better?

The national conversation continues about how mean and nasty people can be to each other just because the color of peoples skin color is different.

Here are some more reflections from young people on racism from our Survivors series of stories.

Ashley struggles with people reacting to her skin color being black on Survivors. She wants to be given a chance because of who she is in being a member of the human race. Listen to her story by clicking on the audio button below.

 

Lean grew up in an all white community. She learns through experiences outside of that community an appreciation for all people. Listen to her story by clicking on the audio tab below.

 

Manuel is Hispanic and speaks two languages and expresses his love for being a citizen of the U.S.  Listen to his story by clicking on the audio link below to listen to his story.

 

Fred Rogers learning to break dance with Jermine is a good way to help young children to view a positive role model in helping to understand different people and cultures. Watch this clip from youtube by clicking on the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fw_GnjE-des

 

Biblical Reflection on Racism as Part of the Human Condition
From the book of Esther 2:10 “Esther had not revealed her nationality and family background, because Mordeccai had forbidden her to do so.”

 


Conversations for Charlottesville and Beyond …

Another time, another place, but not a different conversation because racism is one of those issues just under the surface waiting for an opportunity to be part of the national conversation. If not at the national level there have and will continue to be times on a smaller scale community by community when racism is realized through individuals and events. Conversations and naming it for what it is continues to be the first and most powerful step in dealing with this issue.

rac·ism
noun
  1. prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior.
    “a program to combat racism”
    synonyms: racial discrimination, racialism, racial prejudice, xenophobiachauvinismbigotrycasteism

    “Aborigines are the main victims of racism in Australia”
    • the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races.
      noun: racism

Here are some voices from Passages and Survivors that will be heard today and more stories added through the weekend to reflect on racism in our world.

Roberto experiences racism but seeks a way to connect to the person who is being racists towards him. Listen to his story on Survivors and discover the empathy he eventually feels for the person being racist. Click on the button below to hear his audio story ….

 

Pat grows up in a racially segregated city of Baltimore. She reflects on the positive things that has helped make her take stands for peoples civil rights on Passages. Reflect now on stories of racism to help you with the need to have a conversation with someone who is different from you. Click on the audio button below to listen to Pats’ Story on Passages.

 

 

More stories in print by clicking on this link  https://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/racial-ethnic-and-womens-ministries/

 


I’m depressed …

de·pres·sion  dəˈpreSH(ə)n 

noun

  1.  feelings of severe despondency and dejection.

“self-doubt creeps in and that swiftly turns to depression”

Trying to Understand What Made Maddy Run – book by Kate Fagan

http://www.npr.org/2017/08/02/540974927/trying-to-understand-what-made-maddy-run

NPR Morning Edition audio interview

Depression Strikes Teen Girls Especially Hard

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/02/13/514353285/depression-strikes-todays-teen-girls-especially-hard

Study says a vast majority of people who are depressed do not seek help ….

http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2016/12/02/504131307/study-vast-majority-of-people-who-are-depressed-do-not-seek-help

Screening positive for depression doesn’t mean you’ll get treatment study finds ….

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/08/29/491819007/screening-positive-for-depression-doesn-t-mean-you-ll-get-treatment-study-finds

From Africa the idea of the friendship bench can help phase the blues away ….

http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2017/01/10/508588401/the-friendship-bench-can-help-chase-the-blues-away

 

A review and alternative look at the Madison story ….

http://elitedaily.com/life/a-response-to-the-terrible-misunderstanding-of-depression-in-the-madison-holleran-piece/

 

Survivors and Passages stories from a cross-section of people in talking about their experience with depression …

Two stories from Amalia on Survivors:

A Survivor of Depression on Survivors Elizabeth:

Sherry a young single mom takes us on part of her passage with depression …

Phil is a middle age man who suffers from depression …

Joni tells how being an artist that uses her mouth to paint gets depressed at times …

God be with us in the valley of depression!