Category: Technology

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

Digging Down to the Substance of Things

Trevin thinks that when it comes down to it, the curiosity of the blogger makes the blog: The best blogs are a combination of the two. The blogger has a curious nature, and this curiosity manifests itself naturally in his...

/ August 17, 2011

Top Posts for June and July

Here are the top 10 posts from the past two months at Mere-O: I unpacked the music of Terence Malick’s beautiful Tree of Life and how it should affect our understanding of it. I examined  parents who allow their children to have sex...

/ August 6, 2011

Blogging as Letters to our Future

Alissa Wilkinson: So maybe we can think of blogs—at least the good ones, and maybe even ones like these—as letters, if not to friends, to everyone, to the future: here is who we are, as it unfolded in real time;...

/ July 20, 2011

Self-Quantification and the End of Wisdom

photo © 2008 Porter Novelli Global | more info (via: Wylio) Self-quantification has a strong allure precisely because it combines two deeply rooted promises of American culture:  that we will achieve technological mastery over every part of our existence, and...

/ July 1, 2011

The Meaning of Mediation

John Dyer is continuing the conversation about mediation, and doing it in classic Dyer style–thorough and sensitive: One way of distinguishing between a cultural good and a medium is to say that a cultural good mediates meaning between a community and an...

/ June 17, 2011

The Next Story: A Review

Note:  Eric Eekhoff is a reader of Mere-O.  When he was a member of the Christian blogging community, he established himself as one of the most thoughtful observers of the intersection between theology and technology.  I invited Eric to write...

/ May 23, 2011