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Wednesday, February 28, 2021

Earlier today, my BlogExplosion rotation brought up Trashology, a satirically-dictioned record of life in Tallahassee’s trailerland.

The curious thing: It’s part of Tallahassee.com, the online presence of the Tallahassee Democrat, the newspaper of record for the Sunshine State’s capital city.

The thing is, I’d come across Trashology a few times before, and it wasn’t always part of the newspaper’s collection of content. I remember it started life as a standalone Blogger/BlogSpot site; indeed, it looks like it’s still powered via Blogger. So at some point (probably recently), Trashology as added to the Democrat’s lineup of reader blogs.

Not a bad pickup for Ms. Trashahassee. It seems like an odd fit for the paper, but whatever draws eyeballs, I guess. Besides, outside of university-based blogs, I can’t imagine there’s a huge pool of blogging talent in Florida’s capital region, so beggars can’t be choosers.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 02/28/2007 11:28pm
Category: Bloggin', Florida Livin', Media
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Having lived through too many hurricane seasons in Florida, I’m sure I must have heard tell of La Niña before.

If I did, I don’t recall it being such a nasty bitch:

Forecasters don’t know how strong this La Nina will be. However, it typically means more hurricanes in the Atlantic, fewer in the Pacific, less rain and more heat for the already drought-stricken South, and a milder spring and summer in the north, Lautenbacher said. The central plains of the United States tend be drier in the fall during La Ninas, while the Pacific Northwest tends to be wetter in the late fall and early winter.

Since 2006 was so uneventful storm-wise, it figures that this year would make up for that lull. Hang onto your hats.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 02/28/2007 11:15pm
Category: Weather
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Not to harsh anybody’s buzz, but this excerpt from Chalmers Johnson’s “Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic” provides food for thought:

The United States has been continuously engaged in or mobilized for war since 1941. Using statistics compiled by the Federation of American Scientists, Gore Vidal has listed 201 overseas military operations between the end of World War II and September 11, 2001, in which the United States struck the first blow. Among these, a typical example was Operation Urgent Fury in 1983, “Reagan’s attack on the island of Grenada, a month-long caper that General [Alexander M.] Haig disloyally said could have been handled more efficiently by the Provincetown police department.” Excluding minor military operations, Drexel University historian and political scientist Michael Sullivan counts only “invasions, interventions, and regime changes since World War II” and comes up with thirty bloody, often clandestine, American wars from Greece (1947-49) to Yugoslavia (1995 and 1999). Neither of these compilations included the wars in Afghanistan (2001-) and Iraq (2003-).

And from this, you can discern the underpinnings of the military-industrial complex, as well as the general prerogatives of being the global hegemon/superpower.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 02/28/2007 10:58pm
Category: History, Political
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Tuesday, February 27, 2021

Is it common to go down in shoe size as you plow through your 30s?

For years, I’ve taken a US size 9 or 9.5 for my footwear. But a few weeks ago, while getting fitted for a new pair of dress shoes, I got measured with a size 8.

I figured that was an aberration attributable to that particular shoemaker. But in the last couple of days, I bought another two pairs of shoes — another for dress, and a pair of long-overdue snow/outdoor boots — and sure enough, I wound up with size 8 both times.

What gives? My feet don’t feel any different. I’d think my upright stride would be affected if there was some sort of pedal shrinkage goin’ on. But I’m not falling down or careening around lately (any more than normal, natch).

A mystery I’ll have to live with. It’s a pain, because size 8 doesn’t appear to be a “normal” size, so it’s harder to find most of the time. I could do without that complication.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 02/27/2007 09:01pm
Category: General
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a moving feeling
The NHL trade deadline came and went today at 3PM EST. There was a scramble of deals toward the end, and most of the suspected buyers and sellers performed as predicted. Everyone is loaded up for either the postseason or next year, depending on the standings. Personally, I think there’s too much hockey left to be played before we can predict impact.

What struck me as strange: A bunch of players wound up getting dealt for their third or fourth time during this season alone. I can’t recall another year where so many guys changed addresses so much, often after very short stints with an acquiring club. Off the top of my head, the prominent much-moved during 2006-07 included: Jason Ward, Michael Leighton, Pascal Dupuis, Jason Krog, Dominic Moore, and Alexei Zhitnik.

What’s the deal? The cap certainly made dealing a more exacting science, with so many teams having so little salary room to play with. But I don’t see why that should account for so much pass-around for certain players.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 02/27/2007 08:52pm
Category: Hockey
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Everyone knows the pattern of working your life away in the Northeast and Midwest, then moving to Florida to wait out the clock.

As people start living longer, that pattern seems to be reversing upon itself. Demographic data indicates that more senior folks are leaving the South than are moving in, and that they’re heading back to their former Northern stomping grounds.

Here’s the key driver behind this trend:

William H. Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution, said, “The South, and Florida especially, has been a magnet for yuppie elderly: younger seniors with spouse present and in good health.

“These are a catch for communities that receive them, because they have ample disposable incomes and make few demands on public services,” he continued. “The older senior population, especially after 80, are more likely to be widowed, less well off and more in need of social and economic support.”

The way I’m interpreting this is that Florida, with its low-low taxes and ample living space, is tailor-made for people in their 60s and 70s; they’re done with the rat-race but still have some quality living left to do. But when those same “yuppie elderly” get even older, start to lose their spouses and develop health problems, the infrastructure in retirementville just doesn’t address their closer-to-the-end needs. Plus family tends to be far away, making the situation even more strenuous. The upshot: Instead of being God’s waiting room, Florida is shaping up as a stopover on the later stages of life’s journey.

This isn’t necessarily bad news for the Sunshine State or the rest of the South. Seniors are a small percentage of the migration into the region, despite their prominence. More mainstream populations (i.e., young people and families) are filling up the region, transforming the landscape. It means that priorities in many areas are going to be reassessed, to be more in line with a balanced demographic mix.

Overall, this is another example of a round-trip dynamic that seems to be going around. A year ago, a drive by suburbanites to plunge back into New York City living suggested a desire by some to come back home, in a sense. Is this a symptom of what happens in an age of longer average lifespans — outliving surroundings that were supposed to be where roots were finally laid for good?

I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out that I myself was a population statistic (ba-dum-dum) in this South-to-North (specifically Florida-to-New York) migration. I’m not quite ready to retire yet, though. But having all the old people around will impart a sense of familiarity.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 02/27/2007 08:27pm
Category: Florida Livin', New Yorkin', Society
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Current-day discovery of unexpectedly advanced scientific/technological techniques in ancient societies tend to center upon the Greco-Roman world, to the point where you just assume that all the genius activity back when took place in Latin and Greek.

But there was plenty of genius juice to go around. One place where it flowed was in the medieval Middle East. A research study has found that Islamic architecture from that time, with its intricate geometric tile patterns, display an advanced application of a form of geometry and mathematics that modern scientists figured out only thirty years ago.

Some of the most complex patterns, called “girih” in Persian, consist of sets of contiguous polygons fitted together with little distortion and no gaps. Running through each polygon (a decagon, pentagon, diamond, bowtie or hexagon) is a decorative line. Mr. Lu found that the interlocking tiles were arranged in predictable ways to create a pattern that never repeats — that is, quasi crystals.

“Again and again, girih tiles provide logical explanations for complicated designs,” Mr. Lu said in a news release from Harvard.

He and Dr. Steinhardt recognized that the artisans in the 13th century had begun creating mosaic patterns in this way. The geometric star-and-polygon girihs, as quasi crystals, can be rotated a certain number of degrees, say one-fifth of a circle, to positions from which other tiles are fitted. As such, this makes possible a pattern that is infinitely big and yet the pattern never repeats itself, unlike the tiles on the typical floor.

This was, the scientists wrote, “an important breakthrough in Islamic mathematics and design.”

It’s no secret that Muslim culture kept the light on, so to speak, during a time of general decline in Europe. I can’t place the source, but I read at some point that the early rise and expansion of Islam a millenium ago could be characterized — given the geographic/demographic context — as a final flowering of Hellenism. That’s probably too tidy an attempt to rationalize those accomplishment in relation to the religion’s modern insularness. This evidence of technical proficiency points to ample institutional knowledge under a onetime-ascendant Islamic aegis.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 02/27/2007 07:58pm
Category: Creative, History, Science
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Since moving to New York, I found I’ve been running late more often than not. That’s new for me, as I used to make it a point to arrive at appointments, events, engagements, etc. with plenty of time to spare.

I’m not completely comfortable with this time mismanagement yet. Somewhere in the back of my mind, I figured it was mostly due to circumstances beyond my control: Endless clusters of tourists jamming up the sidewalks, commuters clogging the roads, and other extra-metro annoyances.

But with news that riders holding the train doors open are a leading cause of subway delays, along with the surprising incidence of intra-city drivers being most responsible for Manhattan’s constant gridlock, I can’t toss the blame for my tardiness at xenophobic ghosts. (And I’m sure not going to pin it on myself!)

No, the problems of big-city transit primarily stem from the natives’ behavior. As the comic possum said, we have met the enemy, and he is us.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 02/27/2007 07:03pm
Category: New Yorkin', Society
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Monday, February 26, 2021

So, tonight NBC debuts “The Black Donnellys”.

Anyone else taking a purely surface look at this show, and thinking, “Irish Sopranos“? The wonder is that it took this long for some network to attempt it.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 02/26/2007 10:24pm
Category: TV
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What will be the most prized workplace skill a dozen years from now? Perhaps something as mundane as the ability to focus and analyze. That’s if the penchant of today’s teenagers to compulsively multitask during any/all activities results in a widespread developmental deficiency:

There is special concern for teenagers because parts of their brain are still developing, said Jordan Grafman, chief of cognitive neuroscience at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

“Introducing multitasking in younger kids in my opinion can be detrimental,” he said. “One of the biggest problems about multitasking is that it’s almost impossible to gain a depth of knowledge of any of the tasks you do while you’re multitasking. And if it becomes normal to do, you’ll likely be satisfied with very surface-level investigation and knowledge.”

“Surface-level” nails it. The immediacy of accessing information via the Web already has fostered a fundamental shallowness to the former beneficial rigor of research. It’s basic quantity-over-quality, the belief that it’s better to touch on a wide swath of knowledge instead of drilling deeper on a few topics.

I’ve never bought into the virtues of multitasking, for young or old. It’s just an outgrowth of this Age of Distraction, when sensory stimuli comes at you from so many directions — monitors, iPods, phones — that you have to work just to keep from dividing your attention. Take it from me, someone who gets distracted easily, and a lot.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 02/26/2007 09:07pm
Category: Society
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There are two ways to explain Gap Inc. abruptly shuttering its nascent Forth & Towne 19-store chain, only 18 months after launch.

The serious business rationale:

After a positively dismal two-year performance period that culminated in the ouster of former CEO Paul Pressler in December, chairman Bob Fisher wants to retrench and concentrate on the company’s bread-and-butter store brands. You also can’t count out the repudiation factor — since Forth & Towne was birthed under the previous regime, killing it off is a loud signal that the past has passed. A similar maneuver just took place at Home Depot, which has announced its intention to sell off the contractor-supply unit that ex-CEO Robert Nardelli started and championed.

Now, the less-likely-but-funnier rationale:

After pondering why the consumer target of 35-to-50-year-old women weren’t warming up to the retail outlet, someone at corporate finally noticed what the initials in “Forth And Towne” spelled out.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 02/26/2007 07:39pm
Category: Business
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Sunday, February 25, 2021

Are we approaching a point where hunkering down to an Ethernet-tethered desktop computer for Web surfing will become as antiquated as using a landline telephone?

The latest Pew Internet & American Life Project report hints at a strong yes. Finding reveal one-third of users used wireless means to check the Web, while 20 percent had wi-fi networks set up at home.

This changes the level of interaction with the online medium:

“We know that ‘always on’ broadband connections really deepen people’s relationship to the Internet; adding ‘on the go’ to the mix takes this a step further,” said John Horrigan, associate research director at the Pew Internet Project. “The convenience of wireless access gives people the chance to fire off a quick e-mail to someone while waiting in a doctor’s office or check the news headlines on the way to work.”

It’s the next step in an evolution that makes the Internet more ubiquitous and accessible. The first phase was the ascendancy of broadband speeds on dedicated data pipes (mainly fiber cables), instead of the early connections via telephone line dialup. That changed people’s approach toward the Web, from a session experience that you had to bloc out time to accomplish, to a utility that you could access on the fly, picking up info-chunks as needed. With wireless access from mobile devices (including notebook computers, but also phones, etc.), that on-the-fly access extends beyond the physical location.

What’s not mentioned here is the increase in data vulnerability, as so many wi-fi access points are notoriously weak on security. That’s the tradeoff going forward.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 02/25/2007 08:07pm
Category: Internet, Wi-Fi
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Oh yeah, the Oscars are tonight. I think I’ll continue my personal Red Carpet tradition and overlook the broadcast.

But would I take in a back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back screening of the five flicks vying for the Best Picture statue?

At about 80 cinemas across the country yesterday, people paid $30 each to watch all five Best Picture nominees in advance of tonight’s Academy Awards ceremony: in order, “Babel”, “The Queen”, “The Departed”, “Letters From Iwo Jima” and “Little Miss Sunshine”.

The AMC Best Picture Showcase, it turns out, is an event not to be enjoyed but endured.

I can believe it. My sensibilities as a movie snob are above reproach — I once sat through six hours of an Andy Warhol film fest (I wanted to do the entire 24 hours, but scheduling prevented) — but I can think of better things to do than hole up in a multiplex for a cinematic-sensory overload. Actually, these days, I find that sitting through a single full-length feature of any quality is pretty mentally draining, whether I enjoy it or not. I simply don’t have the wherewithal to take in consecutive flicks like this.

As for the specific pictures on the AMC Showcase slate (slick event-based marketing ploy for that channel, by the way), I’d easily check out after the first three entries. Iwo Jima interests me not at all, despite the accolades; and I’m not intrigued enough by Sunshine to wait around for it.

As it happens, all of these movies are still in theaters around New York, and I haven’t seen any of them. Again, I’m interested in only the first three; if I can scrape up any time this decade, I’ll have to catch them.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 02/25/2007 07:19pm
Category: Movies
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Because there’s nothing more ornery than angry first-adopter geeks, the Second Life Liberation Army has sprouted up in Sims-on-steroids land.

The SLLA’s goal? To set off cyber atomic bombs in front of Second Life’s American Apparel and Reebok storefronts, all in the name of democratizing decisionmaking on the site and within Linden Lab’s business dealings.

The whole problem seems to stem from the very fact that SecondLife citizens lack the authority (or rights) to decide upon the future of the site, and have decided to set up shop as some web 2.0 terrorist group (or revolutionaries, as they prefer to call themselves), attempting to intimidate Linden Lab by shooting and blowing up users (who can never really die on in this world).

Yet another manifestation of registered site users imagining a sense of ownership over their favorite online hangout. I’m looking forward to news of mass avatar suicides when, inevitably, Linden sells out to some big media conglomerate, ala News Corp.-MySpace.

If the disenchantment with SL is so strong, I’d suggest these hardcore delusionals check out the headtrip that is First Life. There, they can vote in something called “elections”, and participate in broad-based revenue-sharing by acquiring something called “a job”.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 02/25/2007 03:14pm
Category: Internet, Society
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special delivery
Top of the week, so it’s National Hockey League Special Teams Index time!

Take a hard look at last week’s STI standings, and then take note of this week’s. Because with the trade deadline coming at 3PM this Tuesday, February 27th, we could see major performance changes throughout the NHL. Stay tuned.

STI Rank Team PP % (Rank) PK % (Rank) STI Number
1 San Jose Sharks 23.0 (1) 84.1 (8) 107.1
2 Vancouver Canucks 17.8 (15) 88.7 (1) 106.5
3 Montreal Canadiens 22.5 (2) 83.1 (13) 105.6
4 Anaheim Ducks 20.9 (4) 84.4 (7) 105.3
5 Minnesota Wild 17.6 (18) 84.9 (4) 102.5
6 Edmonton Oilers 16.0 (24) 86.5 (2) 102.5
7 New Jersey Devils 17.6 (17) 84.8 (5) 102.4
8 Dallas Stars 18.2 (13) 84.1 (9) 102.3
9 New York Rangers 19.3 (7) 82.8 (15) 102.1
10 Nashville Predators 16.7 (21) 85.1 (3) 101.8
11 Ottawa Senators 17.9 (14) 83.6 (10) 101.5
12 Pittsburgh Penguins 20.7 (5) 80.7 (21) 101.4
13 Detroit Red Wings 17.8 (16) 83.3 (12) 101.1
14 Boston Bruins 19.1 (8) 81.8 (17) 100.9
15 Colorado Avalanche 21.0 (3) 79.7 (25) 100.7
16 Florida Panthers 18.4 (11) 82.2 (16) 100.6
17 Philadelphia Flyers 15.2 (27) 84.6 (6) 99.8
18 Buffalo Sabres 18.2 (12) 81.3 (19) 99.5
19 Calgary Flames 18.7 (9) 80.4 (23) 99.1
20 Carolina Hurricanes 15.9 (25) 83.1 (14) 99.0
21 Toronto Maple Leafs 18.5 (10) 79.4 (26) 97.9
22 Tampa Bay Lightning 19.8 (6) 77.7 (30) 97.5
23 Washington Capitals 16.7 (20) 80.6 (22) 97.3
24 Columbus Blue Jackets 16.1 (23) 81.0 (20) 97.1
25 New York Islanders 15.5 (26) 80.4 (24) 95.9
26 St. Louis Blues 14.0 (28) 81.7 (18) 95.7
27 Los Angeles Kings 17.4 (19) 77.8 (28) 95.2
28 Chicago Blackhawks 11.6 (30) 83.4 (11) 95.0
29 Atlanta Thrashers 16.4 (22) 77.8 (29) 94.2
30 Phoenix Coyotes 13.8 (29) 78.7 (27) 92.5
by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 02/25/2007 01:28pm
Category: Hockey
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Saturday, February 24, 2021

I’m sure the head honchos at NBC Universal are proud as punch to be able to list HornyManatee.com on their roster of entertainment properties.

And they have an off-the-cuff, in-skit remark by Conan O’Brien to thank for it:

At the end of the skit, in a line Mr. O’Brien insists was ad-libbed, he mentioned that the voyeur (actually Mark Pender, a member of the show’s band) was watching www.hornymanatee.com. There was only one problem: as of the taping of that show, which concluded at 6:30 p.m., no such site existed. Which presented an immediate quandary for NBC: If a viewer were somehow to acquire the license to use that Internet domain name, then put something inappropriate on the site, the network could potentially be held liable for appearing to promote it.

In a pre-emptive strike inspired as much by the regulations of the Federal Communications Commission as by the laws of comedy, NBC bought the license to hornymanatee.com, for $159, after the taping of the Dec. 4 show but before it was broadcast.

The font of comedy springs from the unlikeliest sources. Not that “Late Night” is bereft of comedic material.

I’m not sure if the Horny Manatee crest is still riding as high as it was after its early December debut. I haven’t seen it mentioned on the show lately. Maybe it’s run its course.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 02/24/2007 07:51pm
Category: Comedy, Internet, TV
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The pole-dancing-as-exercise concept has been around for a couple of years now. Now that it’s finally hit the New York City suburbs, I’m sure many New Jersey hausfraus imagine this will keep them in shape — and their husbands out of Scores.

At least, that’s the easier-to-digest marketing message that’s selling this silliness:

Though [pole dance instructor Johnna] Cottam operates independently, more than 350 pole-dance instructors in 34 states and Canada have signed up since August 2006 with an international company, EPM EmpowerNet, to run their own businesses in the model of Tupperware or Avon sales. The company provides DVDs that teach the instructors dance moves, pole safety and party etiquette, and sells them the equipment; they keep the fees they charge each participant — $25 to $30 in this area — plus any margin on the poles.

At-home pole parties are also offered by gyms that teach exotic dance, and several local companies run similar operations.

In its mission statement, EPM, based in British Columbia, sets lofty goals like reducing the divorce rate and having “a dramatic effect on improving relationships.” Tami Huitema, the company’s office manager, said most of its instructors were stay-at-home mothers looking to earn a little extra at night after their children were in bed…

I guarantee you this will generate more arguments in the home, not fewer. “Why do you still go to those strip clubs when I bought that pole for our bedroom?” I got news for you, ladies: Guys don’t go to girlie clubs to look at the shiny metal pole — nor at women who look like what they’ve got at home…

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 02/24/2007 03:35pm
Category: Society, Women
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I first came across the Kill Divil many moons ago:

* Several pinches freshly-grated ginger
* 1/2 oz. honey (or to taste)
* 1 1/2 oz. light rum or gold rum
* 1 oz. brandy

Mixing instructions:
Stir all ingredients with a little water until honey is dissolved, add cracked ice, and stir again until cold. Pour into a chilled Old Fashioned glass and add additional ice if necessary.

Despite all the sweetness suggested by the rum and honey, the ginger counters the sugar perfectly. It does burn like hellfire, though, so this is not a drink for the faint of heart (or palate).

Good luck getting them to make this in some average bar. Your odds are better if you ask for it in Manhattan, where the barkeeps generally have a chef-like depth of cocktail knowledge. Just don’t order one within walking distance of Spuyten Duyvil Creek; the confluence of Dutch names might make you want to take a drunken dive into the water!

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 02/24/2007 02:23pm
Category: Food, New Yorkin'
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Friday, February 23, 2021

As simplistic as it is to reduce Andy Warhol’s lifetime to a single icon, I can’t think of what else an annual anonymous visitor to the artist’s gravesite would leave as tribute but a Campbell’s tomato soup can.

Along with a few coins, probably to pay for Warhol’s toll on the afterworld highway. (I didn’t realize that was a recurring fee.) No chance that this activity was inspired by new release Factory Girl, either; the Warhol ritual has been going on since Andy was put into the ground, twenty years ago now. No 15 minutes of fancy…

News of a mystery devotee for Pittsburgh’s most famous artsy type instantly brought to my mind Baltimore’s “Poe Toaster”. The Edgar Allan Poe fan opts for leaving a rose on the dearly departed poet’s tombstone. That’s not much of a symbolic tribute to Poe’s work. Then again, what’s the alternative — a dead bird? (A cleaner option for that: A souvenir Baltimore Ravens football helmet; NFL merchandise on a literary landmark doesn’t exactly scream class, though.)

I’m for letting the dead rest in peace. Especially dead creative types; considering the frantic times they had above-ground, they deserve a dose of downtime in the post-mortem.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 02/23/2007 02:23pm
Category: Celebrity, Creative, Movies
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Thursday, February 22, 2021

Of all the kitschy iPod plug-in portable speaker accessories out there, the FUNKit Robotic DJ has to be the most entertaining of the bunch.

Witness its faux turntable-cutting action:

Yes, YouTube managed to distort the first few seconds. For as long as it lasts, watch this pristine version.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 02/22/2007 10:38pm
Category: Comedy, iPod
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How hard-up is the Washington, DC Catholic archdiocese for sinners to occupy its seldom-used confession booths? It’s rolled out a media campaign called “The Light is On for You”, which includes a radio ad.

This spiritual-registration drive assumes that there’s still plenty of transgressions out there — they just aren’t getting delivered to the ecumenical sin-bin:

Priests and sociologists of Catholicism have theorized about the drop [in confessional visits] for years. Is it because of a culture that tells us we aren’t responsible for what we do wrong? Or could it be something less dark: that the traditional Saturday confession time has simply been gobbled up by youth soccer leagues and errand-mania? Or maybe something more dark: that we don’t even know what sin is anymore?

“People go online and confess all sorts of things, but they don’t do it in a way of apology. And it’s very hard to verbalize what you did wrong,” said archdiocese spokeswoman Susan Gibbs, letting loose an admission of her own: “That’s why I like to go when I’m in Rome, because I won’t know anyone.”

When in Rome, so to speak…

It’s certainly hard for the sacrament of penance to compete with daytime talkshow paternity unveilings, therapy, and Web-based emo-spewing. Gratification has to be instant these days, or it doesn’t register.

As long as the Church is employing marketing techniques to get out its message, why not extend that right into the confessional space? They could institute an awards program to encourage frequent visits; every tenth confession gets you off atonement-free!

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 02/22/2007 09:15pm
Category: Advert./Mktg., Society
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