Category: Technology

Word Processing and Externalizing Thinking

Clive Thompson: When I first got my hands on a word processor, it felt absolutely uncanny: The words! They’re … they’re moving around! THEY LOOK LIKE PRINTED WORDS BUT THEY’RE MOVING AROUND. But pretty quickly I grasped the new style of...

/ December 22, 2010

Mere Experiences and the Accountability of Presence

James Polous: “There’s some uncomfortable truth we’re acknowledging every time we shy away from the world of real things and indulge in the world of mere experiences — a truth about which sorts of awkwardness, disappointment, and even suffering we...

/ October 25, 2010

Passive Agressive Blogging

So, one guy writes a post about how young people who were raised within the church are leaving behind Christianity and offers a few reasons why.  Good post.  Dude’s got a book coming out on the topic, and it looks...

/ September 6, 2010

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