Yes...it was extinguished in proper manner for a "cyber" icon.
Really, I think if you are going to take icons seriously, I don't understand how having them on your computer screen or phone makes any more sense than wearing them on a bracelet, t-shirt, etc.
And yes, everyone with your analogies I think the same about photos of anyone. It's ridiculous to me to see people who have their kid as their computer wallpaper or whatever. It's vulgar in my estimation.
Now posting an icon for didactic reasons like LBK might do makes sense in terms of economy, though its still a bit weird. Just like showing someone a photo of yourself before meeting them might make sense.
Liza, don't think I am judging you or something, I can't imagine a person whose heart is more in the right place than yours, except for maybe Opus. I am speaking in generalities.
I totally understand where you are coming from, Orthonorm....and respect your opinion, as it is truly valid.
However, what I have on my phone isn't really an "icon" per se. I wish I could add it as an attachment....but, the Forum drive is full...and no attachment can be added.
What I have is a photo that I took of my church during Vespers...it does have an icon in it, but, it's not solely the icon.
My computer desktop also has an image from my church. As it's nearing Nativity, I have an image from last year's Nativity. Why, you ask.
Well....instead of putting up a Santa Claus or poinsettia or something....I find that the image helps put me in the Christmas spirit.
It also serves as a starting point for numerous conversations with coworkers who notice the desktop and comment on it....opening the door for added conversation. Just like hanging an Orthodox calendar would.
Just yesterday, I was in my boss's office. It was my year end review. It went faster than expected and with 15 minutes to spare, he asked me if I had any plans for the holidays. He knows I am Orthodox, but, I don't think he knows much about Orthodoxy. I reminded him that I don't celebrate until January 7th...which led to the whole "why the difference in dates" conversation, Julian versus Gregorian calendars, date of Easter/Pascha...and differences between RC and Orthodox.
While I hesitated in going in to too much of the differences between the Churches I did give a few....it sparked his interest and he said he would have to do some reading on the subject.
So, you never know. We shouldn't hide our "Light" under a bushel, but, advertise it from the highest mountain top....however, in doing so, we should never forget the true value of that Light, it's source, and the respect that it is due.