Category: Technology

Selfie Deception

What and how we consume says a lot about what we value. And what and how we consume has never been more public. Thanks to the broadcasting devices in our pockets and the social network audiences always just a few...

/ July 9, 2013

Marijuana, Caffeine, and a Therapeutic Drug Culture

That’s the subject of my latest essay over at The Gospel Coalition.  Here’s my concluding paragraphs: Yet the more interesting cases come closer to us. Consider the interrelationship between caffeine and marijuana. On the one hand, many of us rely...

/ March 7, 2013

Is Ethical Advocacy Enough? A Dialogue on Digital Rights and Art

Editor’s Note: This is the final piece in our series on the music industry. The first part, written by Matt Miller, dealt with the suggestion that we remove DRM altogether; the second part, written by Stephen Carradini, detailed the power...

/ October 5, 2012

Consumption and the Creator’s (lack of) Power

Editor’s Note: This is part two of this week’s series on the music industry. Don’t miss the first post, written by Matt Miller, here. Come back on Friday to read a dialogue between Miller and the author of today’s post,...

/ October 3, 2012

Advocacy and Ending Copyright Infringement

Editor’s note:  We like thinking through every area of culture here at Mere-O, which is why I’m delighted that we’re going to spend a little time talking about the way technological changes have affected people’s ability to make money–and what...

/ October 1, 2012

What makes the edifi “Christian?” On Media, Habits, and Christian Virtue

Last week news spread about the release of Family Christian’s edifi, which is being billed as the world’s first Christian multimedia tablet. Okay, I know what you’re thinking. At least I know what you should be thinking. What exactly makes...

/ July 17, 2012

Resisting the Rhetoric of Technological Inevitability

Articles about technology often come with a snappy, provocative question for a title. Take, for example, two of the most widely discussed tech articles in recent memory, both of which appeared in The Atlantic: Nicholas Carr’s “Is Google Making Us...

/ June 28, 2012

What Social Networks Do–And Don’t Do–for Churches

Back in December, I had the opportunity to participate in a roundtable for Christianity Today about the prospects and limits of social networking for churches.   Here’s my opening: The benefits of social networking are many but require judicious and...

/ February 9, 2012

The Chaos Curve: Writers’ Block and the Ever-Writing Woman

I’m beginning to realize that the writers’ block I struggle with comes, not from a lack of ideas, but from being absolutely tired of my own output. Modern life, or at least my modern life, seems to require a constant...

/ November 29, 2011

The World and Everything in It: Facebook Timeline

That’s the name of the radio news show that our friends at World Magazine launched a few months back. Spearheaded by publisher Nick Eicher and his golden voice, it’s probably the closest thing to NPR by a distinctly Christian outlet...

/ October 11, 2011