iPhone as scripture

If you’re caught up in the whole iPhone thing (I still don’t program numbers on my old cell phone), then you might get a kick out of David Kuo’s “Appleism is a Religion”:http://blog.beliefnet.com/jwalking/2007/06/appleism-kuo.html piece on Beliefnet.

If you’re really into Apple — the products and/or the mindset — you’ll get more out of it than I.

He writes:

Apple isn’t a cult anymore, it has become a full blown religion with scores of millions of followers. The frenzy around the iPhone brings to mind the clamoring throngs that greeted Jesus at the height of his ministry.

There are many, many different tests for what makes something a religion. They range from belief in a higher power to sacred rituals to moral codes to sacred places. In every instance Appleism passes the test.

Hey, pundits write the same thing about the Super Bowl every January.

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.