Vol. 3 Issue 14 | April 7, 2017
Three Things This Week
Why it's important: “Beefing,” or attacking a rival via song, is not just celebrated in hip hop and society, it’s also cutthroat: A single song can end another artist's career. But this love for drama doesn’t reconcile biblically: “The Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone.” So where does competition fit? Perhaps Paul has an idea: “Each one should test their own actions. They can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else.” Maybe competing against one’s past self allows ambition to manifest positively, rather than through divisive rivalries. Ask your teens, especially athletes and artists, about the pressure they feel from comparison. How can we best foster our desire to succeed—not to beat others, but to further God’s Kingdom?
2. RIP Cable
Why it's important: YouTube has been a dominant online presence since its start in 2005, with younger generations watching hours of video on the site each day. But up until now, live sports and cable TV have only been available through cable/satellite TV (unless you paid for individual networks). By adding live TV to infinite cat videos, YouTube is increasing its dominance and therefore our addiction to and dependence on the screens in our pockets.
3. College Transition Initiative
What it is: As seniors approach the end of high school, their next step looms on the horizon. The College Transition Initiative from the Center for Parent/Youth Understanding offers resources to help you wisely guide them through this time.
Why it's helpful: We can never have enough help when it comes to helping our children make wise decisions and become adults who pursue God’s restoration in everything they do. Start with this guide for parents of seniors, then check out their other articles and expert interviews.
Bonus: How many of these do you know?
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P*rnhub’s SFW Marketing Campaign
On April Fools’ Day, website P*rnhub played a mean trick on its users, pretending to have automatically published their viewing history to their social media accounts. It’s a prank other p*rn websites probably wouldn’t try, but it fits well with PH’s overall marketing strategy: Its VP has talked about commissioning G-rated marketing strategies to “spread the word that p*rn has something for everyone” (Note: We don’t endorse the perspective in previous article). They’ve put up billboards in Times Square (to which Fight the New Drug responded excellently), made “funny” Christmas ads in which grandkids give grandparents access to premium content, and as Time reported, even offered college scholarships.
This is dangerous is because of its potential to be incredibly persuasive. They’re working hard to normalize p*rnography and demonstrate that it’s made and consumed by everyday, well-adjusted people—and that there’s nothing shameful or wrong about it.
It seems like the April Fools’ Day prank could’ve backfired. It had the potential to remind many users that what they’re doing is, at least deep down, not something they’re proud of. But even if it was a cruel prank, it still felt like the kind of prank one of your friends from college might pull, further adding to the friendly, harmless image they’re attempting to convey.
We believe it’s imperative to start talking with your sons and daughters (by age 10 at the latest) about the utter destruction p*rn brings to our spiritual, mental, emotional, and interpersonal selves, and to recognize what organizations like PH are doing to normalize their content. We offer an entire content package to help parents and faith leaders prepare for and facilitate these very necessary conversations with teens.
Remind your teenagers that just as Gutenberg knew best how to explain the intention of the printing press, and the Wright Brothers knew best how to explain the intention of the first airplane, God knows best how to explain the intention of sex. Everything else—p*rn being at the top of the list—is a cheap counterfeit.
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