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The “influencer” our world most needs today
Nowadays, instead of old-style media celebrities getting all the attention, many people have become well-known “influencers” simply by cultivating an online presence.
Some of this influence is beneficial. Yet our online time can also be very distracting, or worse still, a corrosive influence. Some troubling social media feeds encourage vulnerable people to contemplate self-harm and even suicide, while other feeds are run by repressive foreign regimes working to undermine trust in democratic institutions.
Of course, negative influences aren’t new. As a New Yorker piece recently pointed out, “Influence was worrisome long before it was digital” (Laurence Scott, “A History of the Influencer, from Shakespeare to Instagram,” April 21, 2019).
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From the readers
Holly Amans-Kaiser, Susan Bonner
Are you buying it?
I fell for a scam, but then learned about true riches
God makes burdens light
Moving forward with confidence
From disdain to respect
Healing after a skiing accident
Son freed from head pain
Skin growth removed through prayer
Phoebe MacKenzie Smith
A healing message: “Keep looking”
'Thy radiance is so pure ...'
Photograph by Cheryl Desanctis