Combing the Net – 5/17/2012

Why Romney is Dodging the Press — Is the presidential candidate’s image improving because he’s being seen less? Come to think of it, he does look a little dodgy

The Facebook-Free Baby — How social media is changing the way families share their intimate moments, and why this tech-savvy dad is choosing to abstain from posting pictures or status updates of his baby boy in the world’s largest online community.

Why Fiction Is Good for You — Speaking of Facebook, I loved this article that Nancy Pearcey posted on her FB page yesterday about the many benefits of reading fiction.

Why Hunger Games Is Flawed to Its Core — Not all fiction is equally good, though! Here is another great, thoughtful review on Suzanne Collins’ hit series from an author I admire quite a bit, N.D. Wilson. He points out the fact that readers are lulled into a false sense of security and end up affirming and identifying with things they would normally find repulsive, which was also my assessment.

In the Christian ethos, laying down one’s life for another is glorious. In the Darwinian world, self-preservation is the ultimate shiny good. Readers bite the lure of sacrifice, and then blissfully go along with survive-at-the-expense-of-murdered-innocents. Katniss becomes evil–she’s even relieved at one point that someone else murdered her innocent little friend, because she knew that she would have to do it herself eventually. And we still give her credit for being sacrificial…

Josh Hamilton, Relapse, and the Means of Grace — Another good article about Josh Hamilton, one of baseball’s biggest stars, and one of the most outspoken (and authentic) Christians in professional sports. Here are some good videos about Hamilton’s story:

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