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. He proposes that we don’t just look at whether Technology with […]

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?

Can we auto correct humanity?

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 […]

Is Facebook Your Window to the World? It Could Be Soon

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As you may know, a few months ago Facebook announced that it was acquiring Oculus Rift, a maker of virtual reality headsets. Compare this news with this piece by artist Pawel Kuczynski:

Need Help with the New BookBook?

Need Help with the New BookBook?

You may have heard about IKEA’s innovative move to release its latest catalog as a BookBook: If you have any trouble operating it, just call the Medieval Help Desk:

Snowden Updates

Snowden Updates

A Web Guerrilla Breaking News From the Jungle: Inside Glenn Greenwald’s Mountaintop Home Office by David Carr at the NYTimes “On approaching Glenn Greenwald’s home office high in the jungle-encrusted mountains above Rio de Janeiro, all is tranquil, bucolic even. A gurgling stream at the entrance frames the idyll. And then the dogs notice the incursion. […]

What to Read: “Life Under Instant Replay,” and more

What to Read: “Life Under Instant Replay,” and more

New app helps teens calm anxiety “Anxiety disorders affect one in eight teens. There are medications and therapies that can help alleviate symptoms, and now there’s even an app that can help. The MindShift app aims to teach young adults how to combat everyday anxiety, panic, conflict and worry. Teens can input their symptoms and […]

Watch the Sky…On Your Wall?

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Love the sky, but don’t want to have go outside or even look up? This place has the solution: