Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, December 31, 2018)
Word of the Day

layperson

Definition:(noun) Someone who is not a clergyman or a professional person.
Synonyms:secular
Usage: Many religious doctrines bar the average layperson from conducting certain rites and rituals that are reserved for ordained clergy.
Article of the Day

Tactical Media

Tactical media is a modern form of activism that uses mass media to oppose and criticize a target, usually one that occupies a certain position of power, such as a government, politician, or corporation. It is characterized by its use of current technology and short-lived media campaigns and is made possible by the availability of inexpensive technology and by open forms of distribution like the Internet. Who are some of the infamous practitioners of tactical media? More...
This Day in History

The Vandals Invade Gaul (406 CE)

An ancient Germanic tribe that originated in North Jutland, the Vandals began a decades-long migration in the early 5th century. The violent path they cut through Europe made their name synonymous with senseless destruction. Crossing the Rhine in 406 CE, they invaded their first stop, Gaul. The Roman-allied Franks refused to allow them to settle there, so the Vandals devastated the region and kept moving. By the time they sacked Rome in 455 CE, they had established a kingdom of their own—where? More...
Today's Birthday

Henri Matisse (1869)

One of the premier artists of the modern period, Matisse left his law career after taking up painting during an illness in 1890. He explored Impressionism but instead began to use vivid primary color as a structural element. He became a leader of the short-lived Fauvist movement, and by 1909, he had achieved worldwide fame. After 1939, he became increasingly active as a graphic artist. His contribution to 20th-century art is inestimable. Which of his paintings was burned in effigy in 1913? More...
Quotation of the Day
We know what we are, but know not what we may be.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Today's Holiday

Watch Night (Eulonia, Georgia) (2020)

Watch Night services are held every New Year's Eve at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in the village of Eulonia, Georgia. The heart of the event is a "ring-shout" performance by the McIntosh County Shouters, made up of call-and-response singing, counter-clockwise dance movements, and interlocking rhythms created with hand-clapping and stick beating. Watch Night is a solemn yet joyful Christian vigil on the last night of the year. Because the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect at midnight on January 1, 1863, African Americans have invested the occasion with added significance. More...
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