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Putting on Avatars, Putting on Christ: Reflections on “American Democracy in the Internet Age”

November 12th, 2019 | 8 min read

By John Shelton

G. K. Chesterton was once asked to publish a response to the question “what is wrong with the world?” With characteristic wit and aplomb, he sent the editors back four words: “Dear Sirs, I am.” The story, sadly, is apocryphal. But the point it is making is worth remembering.

While listening to warnings of the many dangers, toils, and snares of technology at a conference entitled “American Democracy in the Internet Age,” I looked down to realize that I was distracted by three devices (a laptop and not one but two smart phones)! If asked what is wrong with the Internet Age, I am afraid that I would have to borrow that confession.

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John Shelton

John Shelton is the policy advisor for Advancing American Freedom. He received degrees from Duke University (M.Div.) and the University of Virginia (B.A), and lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Katelyn, and their children.