What do churches have in common with Florida bars during COVID-19 shutdowns?

A headline at one of Jacksonville’s TV network websites announced, “Florida’s top regulator looking at how to open bars safely.” This offers a slim margin of hope to indie musicians who play in bars where no food is served along with alcohol. Those bar owners are, I suspect, barely hanging on right now. I couldn’t dismiss the irony here. Churches in other states now have something big in common with Florida bars. Continue reading “What do churches have in common with Florida bars during COVID-19 shutdowns?”

Ricky Gervais treads dangerous ground on ‘cancel culture’

Ricky Gervais is treading dangerous ground by perfectly pegging the ‘cancel culture’ stealing rights to expression like a mugger coldcocking you in broad daylight. Continue reading “Ricky Gervais treads dangerous ground on ‘cancel culture’”

To host RNC or not to? Pluses, implied threats, and confusion

My home city of Jacksonville, Florida is being considered to host parts of the Republican National Convention scheduled for August. Naturally, on social media Jaxxers are debating the pros and cons. Some things become evident if you sift through all the social media rhetoric. There are definitely some positives. There are definitely implied threats. There is absolutely a lot of confusion, partly stirred by partisan media. Our entertainment and hospitality industry is hurting right now, and a large event could be beneficial to all.

So should Jacksonville host parts of the convention? Note my use of the word “parts”. Continue reading “To host RNC or not to? Pluses, implied threats, and confusion”

“Hate speech” term emerges in Facebook group; serious danger to free speech

Image of painting of Mrs. Warren: Jan Arkesteijn; painting by John Singleton Copley; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Public domain.
Image of painting of Mrs. Warren: Jan Arkesteijn; painting by John Singleton Copley; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Public domain.

To say I was shocked is an understatement. On a page I follow at Facebook, there was an announcement about actress Susan Sarandon coming to a small town to advocate for Sen. Bernie Sanders who is vying for Democrats’ nomination to run for president. The page itself isn’t political—it’s a page for businesses and others in the small town in South Carolina to promote their goods, services, and the town itself.

I know that little town well. I grew up there. Florida may be my now home, but that town is my forever home.

So what shocked me about a run of the mill event announcement? Continue reading ““Hate speech” term emerges in Facebook group; serious danger to free speech”

Indie blogging faces new challenges in social media wars

Unless you are completely off the grid, chances are you’re aware of the controversy Facebook is dealing with over user data. Facebook isn’t alone—different social media and news entities face challenges domestically and globally.

Amid the uproar, there’s something to consider if you’re an indie blogger.  Continue reading “Indie blogging faces new challenges in social media wars”