Monday, January 25, 2010

News Bits

Alone in the darkness beneath layers of rubble, Dan Woolley felt blood streaming from his head and leg.

Then he remembered -- he had an app for that.

Congrats to CNN's Josh Levs for one of the more captivating ledes I've seen this week. Trapped Father Survives with Help of Phone App demonstrates some practical applications for mobile technology in a nation whose communication infrastructure has been severely limited.

And evidently nobody has explained to Slate's Ron Rosenbaum that satire loses most of its bite when you deliberately label it. In his latest article, he very nearly undermines his point by tossing the word about with a degree of literary carelessness unseen since Alanis Morissette's Ironic. Nonetheless, his "modest proposal" for improving U.S. intelligence efforts

... fire the entire CIA and our other many tragically inept intelligence agencies and outsource all intelligence operations to investigative reporters downsized by the collapse of the newspaper business. Thereby improving our "intelligence capability" (it can't possibly get worse!) and giving a paycheck to some worthy and skilled investigative types ... reporters who once made the journalism profession proud, exciting, and useful ...

deserves some consideration, if only for his bold vision of a brave new world in which TMZ monitors Taliban fashion faux pas and Page 6 starts running photos of prominent ji-hotties.

Finally, the Catholic church has never quite reclaimed the communication monopoly it enjoyed before the printing press came along, but that doesn't mean it's stuck in the dark ages! As Randy Sly reports in Catholic Online, Pope Benedict is encouraging priests to increase their online engagement. It's only a matter of time before @JC4evaaaah! is regaling the masses with such inspirational tweets as "help! 4got wine 4 vsprs! nearest lqr stor?"

Sorry, Father. There's not an app for that.

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