Worship without artificiality

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

Islamic Iconoclasm and Facebook Selfies

From what I have read and seen I am under the understanding that Islamic art forbids lifelike portraits. So I asked some Muslims, how does that square with apparent Islamic acceptance photography, including Facebook selfies? One said, "It forbids anything that could be used as an idol, a prohibition against polytheism. Photographs and such that … Continue reading Islamic Iconoclasm and Facebook Selfies

Accountability in an information age

How do we hold powers accountable in situations where power is based on information asymmetries? Who is watching the watchers? This is a question I was pondering last week after reading two very different novels, one about drone warfare, one about cyber warfare, both of which pointed to the collapse of democracy in the information … Continue reading Accountability in an information age

3D Printed Jesus

As followers of my facebook page are no doubt aware, I am fascinated by the possibilities of 3D printing, both for good and for not so good. Even though the 3D printing industry is only in its infancy, its already showing potential to make emergency housing cheaper and to make gun control well nigh impossible. Its one … Continue reading 3D Printed Jesus

The Digital Domestication of Subcultures

I stumbled upon an article about the Colonization of Subcultures this evening and thought I'd share some of the more memorable and thought provoking quotes: "[The weakness of subcultures] is that they seek to externalize their structure into digital institutions. Loose and transient P2P network institutions perhaps, but still institutions, due to their reliance on … Continue reading The Digital Domestication of Subcultures

Neil Postman: Five Things We Need to Know About Technological Change

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

Unsocial Networking

I find myself lamenting the dearth of deep conversation on the web. In an ironic sort of way, social networking seems to have made the web a lot less social. We've become more superficial, less reflective. Yet, sometimes slow is good. Jesus took time away from the crowds to focus on the disciples. Sometimes we … Continue reading Unsocial Networking

More on Media

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

Amusing Ourselves To Death

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

Thou Shalt Not Share

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