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It’s SO Over
It seems that many adolescents are abandoning social media sites. “From uncles wearing skinny jeans to mothers investing in ra-ra skirts and fathers nodding awkwardly along to the latest grime record, the older generation has long known that the surest way to kill a youth trend is to adopt it as its own. The cyberworld, it seems, is no exception.”


The Death of Handwriting
TIME mourns the death of handwriting in general and cursive in particular. “I am a member of Gen Y, the generation that shunned cursive. And now there is a group coming after me, a boom of tech-savvy children who don’t remember life before the Internet and who text-message nearly as much as they talk. They have even less need for good penmanship. We are witnessing the death of handwriting.”


Jesus Is a Friend of Mine
You remember that silly song “Jesus Is a Friend of Mine” that recently surfaced on YouTube. The album it was drawn from is now for sale (for the first time since the 70’s). CT has a review.


Clunker Cash is Anything but Smart
This article is interesting for its perspective on the “Cash for Clunkers” program. The basic point is this: “As Bastiat showed 150 years ago, you don’t create wealth by destruction.” In other words, by destroying older cars (which still have some value) you do not, in the end, create wealth. Meanwhile, this second article suggests that the actual cost per vehicle may be in the tens of thousands of dollars (since many of the cars being purchased with the rebate may well have been purchased anyway).


Sexting Craze on the Rise
Though this article is UK-focused, I’m sure it’s entirely applicable in North America. “A growing number of British teenagers are swapping sexually explicit images of themselves on mobile phones leaving them open to bullying and victimization by their peers, police and a children’s charity said on Tuesday.” This is of particular concern: “Girls were particularly vulnerable, the charity said, with evidence showing they were being bullied into taking and sharing intimate pictures by boyfriends.”


Deal of the Day: Reformation Heroes
Reformation Heritage Books has released a second edition of the book Reformation Heroes which now includes a study guide.


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