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My ancestors defined the “golden mean” as the middle ground between extremes; moderation in all things. A few thousand years later, Goldilocks and three bears made a similar discovery about ideal food temperature and furniture comfort.

This Greek philosophy seems to have no place in 21st century journalism, with our ever-expanding universe of media outlets — mainstream, partisan, corporate, independent, monthly, weekly, hourly, etc. — fighting for fragmented audiences, giving people what they want vs. what they need (ice cream vs. broccoli) and struggling to survive budget cuts, technological advances and shrinking attention spans. It’s an obvious issue for political news, especially during a presidential campaign, but the “well curve” applies to religion news, too.

I’ve been blogging here for nearly two years, aggregating from an RSS feed of several dozen secular-to-religious, conservative-to-progressive, multimedia faith news sources. I thought this would be a good time to review them, taking into account your thoughts on which ones you like, which ones you take with a pillar of salt, and feedback on any I should drop or add:

(There are even more, if you count Twitter feeds I follow and websites or publications I read less frequently. But this is a good start.)

What do you think? Share your thoughts in the Comments section below.

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Please RSVP by 3 p.m. Dec. 6 EST if you plan to attend the religion media networking event in Manhattan next week:

RNA/RCC Happy Hour

The Huffington Post, 6th Floor, 770 Broadway (at East 9th Street)

6-8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 14

Journalists, faith-based public relations professionals and graduate students are invited to mix and mingle over refreshments.  Co-sponsored by Religion Newswriters Association and the New York chapter of the Religion Communicators Council, the event will include pitching and blogging advice from Huffington Post Religion editor Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, and a business card drawing for a free registration for RNA’s 2012 conference in the Washington, DC area.

Admission $10 for RNA/RCC members and students (who get free RNA membership for a year), $20 for non-members. RSVP to NicoleMN6@gmail.com by 3 p.m. Dec. 6.

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Oh dear: Saudis fear there will be ‘no more virgins’ and people will turn gay if female drive ban is lifted (Daily Mail)

But hey, look on the bright side: if there aren’t any more virgins in this life, all the more reason to look forward to paradise! Martyrdom, ho!

In all seriousness, I continue to be amazed and embarassed that we are such strong allies with this misogynistic, terror-fueling country… can someone please find a good alternative energy source to oil already?

What do you think? Share your thoughts in the Comments section below.

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Catholic comedian Stephen Colbert devoted a “Yahweh or No Way” segment to the new English translation of the Roman Missal (Mass). Only Colbert could work in references to Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire” and They Might Be Giants’ “Istanbul (Not Contantinople)” into that story! Plus there’s some funny stuff about Pope Benedict’s “need for speed” and disregard for seatbelt laws in his popemobile, and a ridiculous holiday season shopping ad:

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Yahweh or No Way – Altered Catholic Mass, Papal Seat Belt & Offensive Vodka Ad
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In breaking religion news that just made me smile with relief, JTA reports that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is canceling an ad campaign about the dangers of Israelis marrying Americans. (Your kids might call you Daddy instead of Abba!) On a related note, doesn’t the “Ministry of Immigrant Absorption” sound awfully Orwellian? Maybe it sounds better in Hebrew.

Also, don’t forget to RSVP if you plan to attend the Dec. 14 religion media networking event in Manhattan:

The Huffington Post, 6th Floor, 770 Broadway (at East 9th Street), 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 14

Journalists, faith-based public relations professionals and graduate students are invited to mix and mingle over refreshments.  Co-sponsored by Religion Newswriters Association and the New York chapter of the Religion Communicators Council, the event will include pitching and blogging advice from Huffington Post Religion editor Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, and a drawing for a free registration for RNA’s 2012 conference in the Washington, DC area. Admission $10 for RNA/RCC members and students, $20 for non-members. RSVP to NicoleMN6@gmail.com by Dec. 5.

What do you think? Share your thoughts in the Comments section below.

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