Church view: Blogs are baleful, IM is innocent

On Blogs

October 22, 2006|By Troy McCullough | Troy McCullough,Sun Columnist

Devout Christians beware: Blogging might be bad for your relationship with the Lord.

At least that's the view of the Restored Church of God, which has concluded that blogs are dens of iniquity, havens for child molesters and harbingers of sin.

Quoting several scriptural passages, an article on the church's Web site concludes: "The Internet - and more specifically blogs - has enabled everyone to have a voice on any matter. Now everyone's thoughts are `published' for all to see. Whether or not it is effective, as soon as something is posted the person has a larger voice. It often makes the blogger feel good or makes him feel as if his opinion counts - when it is mostly mindless blather!"

And continuing on: "Young people should spend time doing things that are productive. Our goal in life is to become a more effective person - to get baptized into the Church and build holy, righteous godly character for the rest of one's life. But what does personal blogging ultimately achieve? Nothing!"

But not all Internet communication is considered equally sinful.

In a related article, the church heaps heavenly praises on instant messaging: "With the right parameters it can be a tool to develop friendships among God's people from every corner of the earth."

So feel one with God in your instant messaging. But don't dare blog about your conversations.

Kos: Google no more

Markos Zuniga, the founder of the liberal political blog Daily Kos, has had it with Google News. Earlier this month Kos told site contributors that he had asked Google to remove Daily Kos entries from Google News search results.

"Google News is becoming unusable. They need some serious soul-searching about what they are and what their mission is. A `news' operation needs to present news, and credible news at that. That means get rid of the blogs (mostly opinion), get rid of the no-name sites, the conspiracy sites, and the rest of that crap."

Some couldn't ignore the irony of the criticism coming from the highly partisan Kos. Wrote a commenter on CNET.com: "Heh. Daily Kos insisting on credible news and no opinion by Google News. Priceless!"

On the road again

Two recent college graduates named Scotty and Fiddy have updated and modified the old hitchhiking-across-the-country theme for the 21st century. They set up a Web site called Hitch50.com, bought a GPS device and devised a simple set of rules for the road: "We can't pay for ANY transportation. And we must get a photo in front of every state capitol building in 50 days or less. Most importantly, we must provide readers of our website with original content at least once every day and at least once every state."

"What do you get?" they continued. "You get our daily blog posts, videos and photos. If you're one of the people who gives us a ride you get to be in our blog posts, videos and photos."

Nearly two weeks in so far, they've hit more than a dozen state capitals, including, recently, Annapolis, and have plenty of stories to tell. But the road ahead of them is long, and rides could be hard to come by.

No word on how they'll get to Juneau and Honolulu.

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