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It is now clear that the hippies won the culture war

September 30th, 2015
At the heart, the counterculture was about three things: a search for authenticity, an insistence upon individualism, and a desire for community.  Yep, that pretty much sums up the Christian experience. Only Jesus offers us the opportunity to be truly authentic with each other, with our uniqueness expressed by how we interact with the others and society, and community that shares with and cares for each other.  I think the Christians are the real “Hippies” of today – and we didn’t need...
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How the Rams Built a Laboratory for Millennials

September 24th, 2015
The Rams have the youngest team in the NFL. Like most workplaces, the Rams were inundated with employees whose habits were vastly different from those of their the bosses. As coach Jeff Fisher put it: “Our players learn better with two phones and music going and with an iPad on the side,” he said. “That’s new.” …Read More...
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RIAA Says Streaming Music Outsells Physical Media for First Time

September 24th, 2015
Revenues from streaming music services surpassed that of sales of physical media for the first time ever in 2015, and that was before the launch of Apple Music. The Recording Industry Association of America issued a mid-year report that said overall revenues were up…Read More...
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Teens and Technology: 90's Till Now

September 22nd, 2015
(Silicone Republic and CPYU) It’s 20 years since Oasis were number one with Some Might Say – which you listened to on your Sony discman – Apple was behind some truly clunky computers, and the Nintendo 64 came along and destroyed its competition. A lot has changed…Read More...
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'War Room': A Box Office Surprise That Shouldn't Have Been

September 4th, 2015
Pretty much every box office report posted yesterday has some variation on the notion that War Room‘s strong performance was something of a surprise. In truth, the only surprise about the strong $11 million debut weekend of Alex Kendrick’s War Room is that anyone was shocked in the first place. The “Nobody could have seen this coming!” narrative is a prime example of how we compartmentalize box office analysis and how we refuse to let go of our old presumptions about what does or doesn’t make money. There are...
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Cute 10-year-old girl stymies NFL stars with great questions

September 2nd, 2015
For its 10th anniversary, Sunday Night Football recruited a 10-year-old to interview some major NFL stars about some of their favorite things: pregame meal, moment on NBC’s prime-time show, and go-to superpower. Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck and Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant are receptive to the Q&A, and it’s all fun and games until Isabella digs into some real football questions, asking about a pair of league trends. It catches them completely off-guard — with the exception of Pittsburgh...
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Advice video What Is Kik Messenger?

September 1st, 2015
Kik Messenger offers a new way for teens to send messages. Find out what this app is all about and what to watch for. Watch the video.
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5 Back-to-School Rules for Cell Phone-Carrying Kids (and 1 for Parents)

September 1st, 2015
Whether your kid is heading to school toting a brand-new device or is already a cell-phone pro, it's important to make sure everyone is on the same page about what "responsible use" means. You can keep an eye on kids at home (kind of), but at school, they're on their own. As with any kind of boundary setting, these conversations can be tense. Fortunately, there are only five rules for them to remember -- and one for you, to show that you're all in this together. (Tweens and teens can also play our animated, interactive Digital...
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