“We are the nation of Google and Facebook,” mused President Barack Obama during his State of the Union address on Jan. 25.
Is it good for us? People reflect on it more and more nowadays. Is virtual contact taking the place of human contact? Is “friendship” being redefined by the social networks? Have we invented a new way to “turn on, tune in and drop out”?
Two years ago, Pope Benedict asked those same questions in his annual message for the World Day of Communications. It was a groundbreaking text for the Vatican: The WDC message had always been a formality, a stylized — and arguably ineffectual — exhortation to media professionals on media ethics.
This, on the other hand, was addressed to...READ MORE