Pope hits out at Internet trolls
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From Yahoo News (and not from the Onion, where you'd expect such a title):

Quote:Pope Francis spoke out Friday over the increasingly aggressive nature of much political discourse and the use of social media as a forum for personal abuse.

In a message published on the same day that the Twitter-friendly pontiff met Apple boss Tim Cook, Francis said digital technology and the Internet could help bring people together but also had the potential to create deep wounds.

"Our words and actions should be such as to help us all escape the vicious circles of condemnation and vengeance which continue to ensnare individuals and nations, encouraging expressions of hatred," he said.

The pope urged politicians and others in positions of power "to remain especially attentive to the way they speak of those who think or act differently or those who may have made mistakes."

And he emphasised the importance of everyone applying the same principle to encounters in cyberspace by showing respect for "the neighbour whom we do not see."

"It is not technology which determines whether or not communication is authentic, but rather the human heart and our capacity to use wisely the means at our disposal," Francis said.

"Social networks can facilitate relationships and promote the good of society, but they can also lead to further polarization and division between individuals and groups.

"The digital world is a public square, a meeting-place where we can either encourage or demean one another, engage in a meaningful discussion or unfair attacks."

The Vatican did not release any details of the pope's meeting with Cook, who was in Italy to inaugurate a new Apple applications research centre in Naples. Francis met last week with Google supremo Eric Schmidt.
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#2
He's got a point. Although I don't see politicians starting to talk civilly to dissenting views anytime soon.
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#3
How about his abuse against the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate?
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#4
Conversation, let alone civil, is near impossible to have with a political ideology the deems everything as racist, sexist or bigoted if it disagrees with them, not matter the facts.


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#5
Yes, this time he does have a point. And I wouldn't subestimate the effects internet has on people, affecting real life.
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Keep in mind that Francis is saying this at a time when the German government wants to censor anything critical of its refugee policy, such as discussing the mass sexual assaults in Cologne and other European cities on New Year's Eve. As one German official put it, “What happens on the right-wing platforms and in chat rooms is at least as awful as the acts of those assaulting the women.” No doubt Francis agrees.

Anyway, I wish someone had just given the man a talk show or something so that he could leave the rest of us in peace. Next week's topic? School bullying and trans-fats, and you won't believe the tricks this three-legged dachshund and his blind owner have come up with. All this and more on next week's episode of Francis.
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(01-22-2016, 07:45 PM)Crusading Philologist Wrote: Keep in mind that Francis is saying this at a time when the German government wants to censor anything critical of its refugee policy, such as discussing the mass sexual assaults in Cologne and other European cities on New Year's Eve. As one German official put it, “What happens on the right-wing platforms and in chat rooms is at least as awful as the acts of those assaulting the women.” No doubt Francis agrees.

Anyway, I wish someone had just given the man a talk show or something so that he could leave the rest of us in peace. Next week's topic? School bullying and trans-fats, and you won't believe the tricks this three-legged dachshund and his blind owner have come up with. All this and more on next week's episode of Francis.

Good point. Also lol.
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(01-22-2016, 05:07 PM)Sir Charles Napier Wrote: He's got a point. Although I don't see politicians starting to talk civilly to dissenting views anytime soon.
when have they ever?
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#9
"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." - Jesus
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