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John the Baptist critcized in no uncertain terms the Pharisees and Sadducees who had come to him to be baptized: “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?” At least he was being clear, which is more than can be said for the “kookified” email memo Yahoo executives sent to their own employees trying to cajole more of them into switching from their longtime corporate Microsoft Outlook email to the internet company’s own Yahoo Mail. The leaked internal note—from Yahoo senior vice president of communications products Jeff Bonforte and CIO Randy Roumillat—details how only 25 percent of employees use the company's email offering.In oh-so-clever tones, the note, bearing the title “Windows 95 called and they want their mail app back,” characterized the resisters—three quarters of Yahoo employees—as “the ol’ gang, circling the hippocampian wagons of amygdalian resistance.” Outlook itself, the memo says, hails from era when "NT Server terrorized the data center landscape with the confidence of a T-Rex born to yuppie dinosaur parents who fully bought into the illusion of their son’s utter uniqueness because the big-mouthed, tiny-armed monster infant could mimic the gestures of The Itsy-Bitsy Pterodactyl.”Still following along? Apparently unaware of their memo's uncanny resemblance to the partial knowledge and inattention to correct spelling the internet in general is known for, Bonforte and Roumillat went on to say, “There was a similar outcry when we moved away from Outlook’s suite-mates in the Microsoft Office dreadnaught [sic]. But whether it’s familiarity, laziness, or simple stubbornness dressed in a cloak of Ayn Randian Objectivism, the time has come to move on, commrade [sic]. Yuppie dinosaur parents? Microsoft Office dreadnaught [sic]? . . . I pitty [sic] the fool who resists.”A number of columinists have observed how Yahoo’s difficulty in persuading its own employees to use its own product may have something to do with how badly consumers at large have received the revamped Yahoo Mail the company rolled out last October.Homily hint: While the internet has brought an almost unimaginable amount of information to people’s fingertips, too much of it is of dubious quality. Innacuracies, misinformation, disinformation, and shoddy thinking and use of language abound. When you look for knowledge online, use multiple sources, judge the value of your sources, and don’t let others do your critical thinking for you. Sources: Articles by the Daily Mail Online (U.K.) and Kara Swisher for AllThingsD.comRestricted
In this Sunday’s gospel, Jesus speaks of those who seek to keep their works from being exposed and those who bring works to light so they can be known by all. Hillary Rodham Clinton, poised to enter the 2016 presidential campaign, has stumbled over her practice of using a private email account and private email server to store all of her work-related emails while serving as secretary of state. Detractors claim she was trying to hide her communications from public view, while supporters say she made the choice for the sake of convenience. A hastily called press conference on Tuesday where Clinton acknowledged it would have been better to use a government email address for business did little to quell the controversy.Homily hint: Discernment involves making good judgment in difficult circumstances. Political leaders need to exercise it, and each one of us as well is called to thoughtful discernment in our personal lives. Pray for insight, good judgment, and a willingness to learn and grow from our errors. For more on the Clinton email controversy, see: Questions swirl over Clinton emails as she prepares for 2016; Techies skeptical of Hillary's "all-out" email searchRestricted