Steve Evans (lawyer and blogger)

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Stephen D. "Steve" Evans (born 1972) is an American lawyer and Mormon blogger, known best for his role in the founding and administration of By Common Consent, one of the largest, longest-running, and most prominent, LDS-themed blogs.

Personal life[edit]

Steve Evans grew up in Canada, and has citizenship in both Canada and the United States. He lives in Middleton, Wisconsin with his wife and four children, where he was most recently an attorney for Banyan Branch, a new-media marketing consulting group.[1] His interests include French literature, science fiction,and cycling.[2] Evans graduated with honors in English and French from Brigham Young University, and subsequently earned his JD from Columbia Law School and his maitrise en droit franco-americain from the University of Paris I - Pantheon-Sorbonne.

By Common Consent[edit]

Main article: By Common Consent

On March 12, 2004, Steve Evans announced the birth of By Common Consent, or "BCC" with the following text:

So this is an auspicious beginning: a liberal mormon blog that harshly rejects conservative viewpoints. Are we hypocrites for making such a blog? Probably. So be it.[3]

Although By Common Consent was originally created to provide a place for more politically liberal members of the LDS Church to discuss issues,[4] a vast majority of the content found on BCC is not political in nature. Post topics frequently address practical application of tenets of the LDS Faith, Mormon History, analysis of ancient and modern scripture, poetry, music, humor, and current events. Evans has contributed nearly 400 posts as of April 2010, while BCC has grown from an initial core of eight bloggers to twenty five early in 2010.[5] Evans has personally authored or created several of the blog's more popular and recognized features, such as the Police Beat Rountable[6] and the Friday Firestorm.[7] In addition to contributing content regularly, Evans is similarly well known in the Bloggernacle for his style of blog administration and comment moderation at BCC.

Other writings[edit]

For several months, Evans and a number of other Bloggernacle participants contributed pseudonymous parody to the fake blog Banner of Heaven until its demise in late 2005.[8]

In August 2010, he contributed a piece for a large series of articles on "The Future of Mormonism" at Patheos, a website featuring regular content on a variety of religions and beliefs.[9] Evans' piece focused on the changing face of social media, blogging, and technology as an outlet for Mormon expression.[10] The series is also notable in that it includes a post from current LDS Apostle Quentin L. Cook.[11]

Since 2004, Evans has contributed content to several other LDS-oriented online communities, including Times & Seasons and Bloggernacle Times.[12][13] Additionally, Evans currently serves on the editorial board for Dialogue, a peer-reviewed Mormon studies journal, where he consults on social media and technology.[14]

In addition to his LDS-themed writings, Evans established Kulturblog, a forum for discussing pop culture and media, in 2004. Evans (who typically uses the pseudonym "Supergenius" at Kulturblog) and numerous other contributors provide reviews of films, television programming, board and video games, music, and other creative works.[15] The content of Kulturblog is not Mormon, although many of the contributors are also participants in the Bloggernacle.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tara Miller and Jonathan Mumm. "About Us | Social Media Management". Banyan Branch. Retrieved 2010-09-13. 
  2. ^ Evans, Steve. "Steve Evans". By Common Consent. Retrieved 2010-09-13. 
  3. ^ Evans, Steve (2004-03-12). "Welcome all!". By Common Consent. Retrieved 2010-09-13. 
  4. ^ Wenger, Kaimi (2004-03-13). "Political Leanings". Times & Seasons. Retrieved 2010-09-13. 
  5. ^ Evans, Steve. "Steve Evans' Posts". By Common Consent. Retrieved 2010-09-13. 
  6. ^ Evans, Steve. "Police Beat Roundtable". By Common Consent. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  7. ^ Evans, Steve. "Your Friday Firestorm". By Common Consent. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  8. ^ Stack, Peggy Fletcher (November 5, 2005). "A weblog full of ‘tiny dramas in Mormon lives’ has a bigger drama going on behind the scenes". Salt Lake Trivune. Retrieved August 18, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Future of Mormonism". Patheos.com. Retrieved 2010-09-13. 
  10. ^ Evans, Steve (2010-08-10). "The Future of Mormons on the Internet". Patheos.com. Retrieved 2010-09-13. 
  11. ^ Cook, Quentin L. "Partnering with Our Friends from Other Faiths". Patheos.com. Retrieved 2010-09-13. 
  12. ^ Evans, Steve. "Steve Evans". Times & Seasons. Retrieved 2010-09-13. 
  13. ^ Evans, Steve. "Bloggernacle Times » Weekly Zeitgeist". Bloggernacle.org. Retrieved 2010-09-13. 
  14. ^ "Staff | Dialogue – A Journal of Mormon Thought". Dialoguejournal.com. Retrieved 2012-05-26. 
  15. ^ Evans, Steve. "Posts by Steve Evans". Kulturblog. Retrieved 2010-09-13. 

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