Category: Technology

The Dangers of New Media (fin)

The world around us is hardly static, as the high schoolers I talked with seemed to think.  New technologies continue to open new possibilities, extending individuals’ and communities’ means of transmitting information around the globe.  The world is, in this...

/ July 3, 2010

The Dangers of New Media (The Final Critique)

I have already mentioned the potential stultifying effect of consuming lots of information and the danger of reinforcing our inauthentic self-presentation.  To those dangers, then, I would add a third:  new media has the power to divorce us from the...

/ July 2, 2010

The Dangers of New Media (Losing Reality)

Losing Reality:  New Media and our Relation to the World G.K. Chesterton did not offer his social criticism in essay form only.  His novels are full of commentary, such that at their worst, they read like his essays.  In his...

/ July 1, 2010

The Dangers of New Media (Authenticity Online)

There is a deeper problem, however, with communicating online. It is crucial in communication—whether in person or online—to be as authentic as possible.  As new media are communally oriented, authenticity and honesty take on an added importance.  But online communication...

/ June 30, 2010

The Dangers of New Media (On Shared Space)

Why is shared space important for non-instrumental interaction? For one, in the “non-instrumental and…moral” communication that Schultze highlights, an enormous amount of content is transmitted non-verbally.  A stern frown, a hand on a shoulder, a sly grin—these are the sorts...

/ June 29, 2010

The Dangers of New Media (Deficiencies and Dangers)

The Deficiencies and Dangers of Online Communication One of the chief reasons I began blogging, and why most people began blogging, was because it increased my opportunities to “connect” with like-minded people.  Suddenly, people across the world with unique interests...

/ June 28, 2010

The Dangers of New Media (The Coming Peril)

G.K. Chesterton, one of Christianity’s most prolific writers in the twentieth century corroborates the point.  In a speech in the 1930s, Chesterton offered this prophetic analysis: The coming peril is the intellectual, educational, psychological and artistic overproduction, which, equally with...

/ June 25, 2010

The Dangers of New Media (Desensitization, part 2)

The numbing effect of information is one of the most significant challenges that users of new media face.  The inability to think deeply, to integrate what we are experiencing into ourselves, ultimately stifles creativity. The twentieth century apologist, novelist and...

/ June 24, 2010

The Dangers of New Media (Desensitization)

The Problem of Desensitization Those who spend any amount of time absorbing new media quickly discover their subtly addictive nature.  Clicking through to the next page takes no effort, and the fact that a real person has deemed whatever lies...

/ June 23, 2010

The Dangers of New Media (Technology Fans)

The question of whether cars are an “improvement” over horses and buggies depends upon what values are in place, which is true of all technology. If we value mobility, speed, and comfort, cars are obviously superior to the horse.  But...

/ June 22, 2010