There is a lot of buzz in Philadelphia about Pope Francis’ visit on September 27, and the Twittersphere is no different. Over the past seven weeks, there were more than 26,000 tweets around the hashtag #PopeinPhilly, which is an interesting juxtaposition of Pope Francis’ beliefs on social media. He makes it clear that society is at risk of media overuse and warns against substituting human relationships with virtual ones, and I can’t say I disagree with him. “Real relationships with others,” Francis writes, “now tend to be replaced by a type of Internet communication which enables us to choose or eliminate relationships at whim, thus giving rise to a new type of contrived emotion which has more to do with devices and displays than with other people and nature.”
Since 2010, no team from Philadelphia made it past the second round of playoffs in any of the four major sports, and 2015 isn’t shaping up any better. With the exception of hope fans have for the Eagles this coming season, the Flyers, Sixers and Phillies are and were, bad. Currently, the Phillies sit in last place, 21.5 games back in their division. The Flyers missed the playoffs by 14 points this year, which if you don’t follow hockey….is really bad. The Sixers are one of, if not the worst team, in the NBA, finishing the 2014-2015 campaign with the 3rd worst record in the league, 31 games behind first place in their division.
We’ve all come back to that little colored envelope tucked so thoughtfully under our windshield wiper with the loving note “Your meter ran out. Please pay us all the money you made today.” Parking tickets are the buzzing mosquito in the ear of city goers. But is there a societal benefit? Each individual fine may not seem like much, but have you ever thought about how much they might add up to? Philadelphia collects just under $70 million every year in fines! Continue reading >