RUSH: The pope said in a short speech to the altar servers, “Maybe many young people waste too many hours on futile things. Our life is made up of time, and time is a gift from God, so it is important that it be used in good and fruitful actions.” Activities that were cited by Francis as futile were: “chatting on the Internet or with smartphones, watching TV soap operas, and (using) the products of technological progress, which should simplify and improve the quality of life, but distract attention away from what is really important.”
The pope then said the Internet is a “gift from God,” but he “cautioned that high-speed world of digital social media needed calm, reflection and tenderness if it was to be ‘a network not of wires but of people.'” Digital social media needs calm reflection and tenderness if it’s to be a network not of wires, but of people. Now, some might think that that’s good advice not just for the young ditzes out there, but for everybody.
But here you’ve got the civil rights commission guy saying (imitating Yaki), “You kids, you know what, you’re such a bunch of doddering fools. You don’t have the ability to be trusted with the responsibility of free speech while you’re on campus. So we are gonna police that.” Then here comes the pope saying, “You ought not be there anyway. You’re wasting your time on social media. You’re not being productive. You’re not being useful, and you’re wasting your God-given whatevers.” Anyway, how many parents are raising their hand going, “Yeah, yeah, you tell ’em!”