Bloggernacle Potluck VI

Am I the only one who finds the Bloggernacle more interesting than television? In case you’ve spent too much time watching Scrubs, Lost, The O.C., and the other fare so elegantly showcased yesterday by Steve, here are a few Bloggernacle highlights since the last Potluck.

Justin gives short teasers on two new books by Terryl Givens that are in the works for next year. Yes, they are both on Mormonism. The one subtitled The Cultural History of the Mormon People looks quite promising. I wonder if blogging will make it into the last chapter? Givens, Jr. blogs (he was a regular commenter at T&S at one point) so there is a chance the Bloggernacle will at least get a footnote.

Rusty talks about the tough sell that early-morning seminary is for some Mormon teenagers. Y’all can chime in with your opinion, but I’ve never seen any official recognition of the fact that wake-up times for EMS students have morphed from early morning (7ish) to very early morning (6ish) to very, very early morning (5ish) as high schools have beefed up their curricula and schedules. Declining interest by some teenagers is a sign of their sanity. Failure to adjust by CES is a sign of rigid thinking, the kind of “make the people fit the program” approach that makes the Mormon Church such a wonderful place. Try holding Sacrament Meeting at 6:00 a.m. and see who shows up! My sympathy, of course, to instructors like Rusty who are caught in the middle.

John C. at new blog United Brethren is trolling for advice on what to say to a straying LDS student who is trying to deal with his initial foray into Mormon Studies via Jon Krakauer. I would tell him to tell the kid to start blogging, but the question probably deserves more serious treatment. Go drop in and share your unique BCC insights.

The best I could come up with over at the other blog was Matt’s post on the how regularly he sees Mormons with left-leaning political convictions leave the Church while one rarely sees right-leaning Mormons take the long walk. Try to suppress your knee-jerk liberal reaction and read the post, which recognizes that this is a delicate subject and treats it as a question that deserves serious discussion. We form singles wards and Polynesian branches . . . how about a Democratic branch or two? I’d even settle for a few politically neutral congregations.


  1. And of course, I’m flogging and promoting my blog every chance I get.

    Stephen M (Ethesis)

  2. Besides, even if you don’t like TV, the thread was valuable for its discussion of the PIT maneuver.

  3. Dave, I’m glad that you do the potluck. Justin’s site is the best out there right now, as far as I’m concerned.

    Is blogging more interesting than TV? You’ve framed a fascinating question. It’s certainly more interactive and more participatory. It certainly provides more of a sense of community, which I think is essential and must be replenished like Vitamin C for a strong soul. So blogging is definitely better for you.

    That being said, when you’re exhausted after work, turning on the set and turning off your mind is a great relaxer. Blogging can’t compete with that.

  4. For what it’s worth, I am going to try “theming” the next several potlucks, starting with one later this week highlighting election posts. I’m guessing there will be several posts around the B-nacle on the election and on the Utah SSM amendment.

  5. Stephen M, I’ll try and carve out a spot on the dessert table for your blog at the next Potluck.

  6. Steve, maybe I’m just a sensory overload guy, but I tend to have the computer, the television, and the stereo on all at the same time, then use mute buttons to modulate input when necessary. With the interactivity of the evolving Internet (blogging being the latest incarnation), television generally seems too passive to hold my interest for very long.