Event: Seven Vices of the Virtual Life

Event: Seven Vices of the Virtual Life

Seven Vices of the Virtual Life: Unintended Spiritual Consequences of Digital Media ORGANIZED BY Apple Valley Presbyterian Church 2015 Summer Lecture on the Christian & Culture An evening lecture with Dr. Read Schuchardt of Wheaton College that addresses the intersection of core Christian commitments with the broader cultural instincts of consuming digital media. 6:00pm – […]

Technology Has Hijacked Family Dinner Time

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Technology has hijacked family dinnertime. So to help bring families together for dinner, Dolmio created the Pepper Hacker. It cracks pepper, shuts down TVs, wipes out WiFi and disables mobile devices. Watch their experiment reclaim family dinnertime.

A Media Ecology of Theology

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Please join the CCSN and Dr. Paul Soukup, S.J, Santa Clara University, for an upcoming webinar titled “A Media Ecology of Theology,” on Tuesday, March 24, 8-9 pm EST. This webinar is free and open to the public. Dr. Soukup has explored the connections between communication and theology since 1982. His many publications include Mass […]

Second Nature: Best of 2014

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From all of us at Second Nature, we wish you and your families a merry Christmas and happy new year. For our newer readers or for those who might have missed them, here’s a round up of our 10 most popular articles of 2014. (And if you’re curious, here’s our list from 2013). 10. Screwtape […]

Data Privacy and Terms of Service: A Graphic Novel

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“What if we’re not getting a fair trade for our information?” asks Josh Neufeld in a new exploration of the bigger questions surrounding data privacy. (Added cool factor bonus: it’s a graphic novel). We’ve gotten used to giving services like Facebook or Gmail access to data about our lives. But as mobile devices have become ubiquitous […]

On Smart Phones and the Death of Conversation: A Photo Essay

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“I started to photograph people in company on their phones as there was a certain symmetry to them and it appealed on a visual level, but as I continued I noticed an inherent sadness to the proceedings,” writes Babycakes Romero, in his short introduction to his photo essay titled “The Death of Conversation.” He compares […]

The Trending Now Treadmill

The Trending Now Treadmill

We mentioned earlier in the year that Read Schuchardt would be speaking as part of Christ Community Church’s TrendingNow Series. Here is the video from his presentation. In it, Dr. Schuchardt analyzes the so-called “better quality of life” provided by technology in the post-digital-explosion age. Are we really improving quality of life through technology? He proposes […]

5 Tips for Surviving in Technopolis

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“We have reached a period in which all forms of cultural life have surrendered to the sovereignty of Technology,” says editorial board member Arthur Hunt in a new interview with Tony Reinke at Desiring God. “We put so much cultural stock in sort of headlong rush into the future without any clear telos [goal]. The […]

Can We AutoCorrect Humanity?

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Can we autocorrect humanity? Lyrics: Did you know the average person spends 4 years of his life looking down at his cell phone? Kind of ironic, ain’t it? How these touch-screens can make us lose touch But it’s no wonder in a world filled with IMac’s, iPads and iPhones So many “i”’s, so many selfies, […]

Reading List: Ancient Gods, the New Luddites, the NoPhone, & a Threat to the Internet

Reading List: Ancient Gods, the New Luddites, the NoPhone, & a Threat to the Internet

Google Street View Is Blurring the Faces of Ancient Gods “Ever notice how all the faces are blurred in Google Street View photos? That happens thanks to a privacy-enabling robot. But it’s not a perfect robot. The Google Street View robot not only blurs the faces of humans but also of statues, despite the fact […]

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