I don't know about you, but I find it so much more engaging to worship God without the artificial enhancements of sound systems and electric lighting, to worship God in more natural ways, under the open sky, with my naked feet in touch with the earth. It may sound strange to worship God this way, … Continue reading Worship without artificiality
If you are interested in the cultural implications of computer technologies, I highly recommend reading this article from Neil Postman on "Five Things We Need to Know About Technological Change." He sums it up as follows: "And so, these are my five ideas about technological change. First, that we always pay a price for technology; … Continue reading Neil Postman: Five Things We Need to Know About Technological Change
Over the holidays I found myself reading Charles P. Pierce's "Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free" and found a number of points of resonance with Neil Postman's "Amusing Ourselves to Death", though in somewhat more colourful language: “'Television is an emotional medium,' Cline explains. 'It doesn’t do reason well. … Continue reading More on Media
I've been meaning to jot this down for a while. Here is a collection of quotes from Neil Postman's "Amusing Ourselves To Death" that I found particularly thought provoking: Epistemology and Media "Every epistemology is the epistemology of a stage of media development." The Telegraph "This fact is the principal legacy of the telegraph: By … Continue reading Amusing Ourselves To Death
What are the implications of extending the word "stealing" to include "unauthorised sharing"? Some words to consider All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. (Acts 4:32) You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder, you shall … Continue reading Thou Shalt Not Share
I was just reading Christianity Today's Top 5 Books On Technology and noted that Marshall McLuhan and Neil Postman get a heavy plug. Books on media theory and the dumbing down of social discourse seem to be grabbing my attention of late.
Still mulling over Neil Postman's Amusing Ourselves to Death, Huxley's Brave New World, the Manga Bible and now Neal Stephenson's The Diamond Age. Principally in terms of the difference between text-based culture and image-based culture, and photography vs iconography. Question: to what degree are photos capable of functioning as narrative art? We are flooded with photos from around the world … Continue reading Photography and Narrative Art
New Scientist had the crystal ball out this week, reporting on "seven disruptive technologies that will change the coming decade". In brief, they say we should keep an eye on: Robot Travel (commuting via telepresence, like in "Surrogates") Augmented Cities (the looking glass invades shopping malls) Evolved invention (the automation of scientific discovery) 3D Printing … Continue reading Seven Disruptive Technologies Christians Need To Know About
Is it just me or are faith conversations becoming less and less frequent online? I get the impression that, as Facebook becomes more and more public, the conversations are becoming more 'safe' and secularized. I feel it myself. Whereas, when I began blogging, there was this subversive community feel to the whole thing, these days … Continue reading Is Facebook killing off faith conversations?
JewPS: track Jews with your iPhone. At first glance I wondered if neonazi skinheads or the Islamic Jihad was behind this one, but noooo. According to Keren Hayesod and the Jewish iPhone community it's a kosher GPS app that is coming soon for iPhones. I'm still not sure what to think. If it's genuine I … Continue reading JewPS – track Jews with your iPhone
The Law Report on ABC Radio National conducted a very interesting interview this morning with Philip Alston, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial killings. Next week he'll be flying to Geneva to report to the UN on the use of Drones in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Some very thought provoking observations on the Taliban insurgency, the … Continue reading Drones, Spooks and Extrajudicial Killings