Archives for April 2013

Catholic parish not allowed to project Scripture readings on screens

The article has quite the title: ‘Copyright laws cause problem for Catholic church plans to modernize‘. By ‘modernize’, the journalist means add projection screens to the sanctuary. And the title’s saying that ‘copyright laws’ were what ultimately prevented the parish from projecting the Scriptures on their screens also seems to be a bit superficial, at […]

The Tech-less School for the Children of Tech Innovators

It’s a school where tech innovators send their kids: The chief technology officer of eBay sends his children to a nine-classroom school here. So do employees of Silicon Valley giants like Google, Apple, Yahoo and Hewlett-Packard. So you’d expect that school to have the best technology resources around, right? But the school’s chief teaching tools […]

Tech As Prison in New Marketing Campaign

The Brazillian magazine Go Outside recently ran advertisements with brilliant, apocalyptic-looking images in which prisons are in the shape of various tech devices. The message ostensibly is that we use our tech devices too much and, per the name of the magazine, should go outside more often. Here’s the iPhone version: Here’s one based on a computer […]

Not a joke: Toddlers requiring treatment for iPad addiction

The Telegraph in the UK is reporting that children even as young as four are receiving treatment for addiction to touch-screen devices. The youngest known patient being treated in the UK is a four-year-old girl from the South East. Her parents enrolled her for compulsive behaviour therapy after she became increasingly “distressed and inconsolable” when the […]

One Fake Tweet Causes Millions in Losses and Gains in Stock Market

USA Today reports: Stocks plunged briefly Tuesday after a fake tweet from the Associated Press’ Twitter account said there had been two explosions at the White House and President Obama was injured. The Dow Jones industrial average plunged more than 128 points in seconds, but quickly recovered when the tweet was found to be a […]

Forming our Souls with Facebook

If you make it to the end of this article, you are an impressive and rare breed of human—an intellectual Navy SEAL, an elite mind, trained with an ability most people just don’t have anymore—the ability to sustain mental concentration over long periods of time on a single subject.  This capacity, to endure a cerebral […]

Tech development from 1993 to 2013 in one picture

A palm pilot, polaroid camera, video camera, watch, walkman, pager, mobile computer – oh, and also a mobile phone. h/t Reddit

Wired Magazine on ‘The First Digital Generation’

They are the Nisei of cyberspace—the first generation born into a world that has never not known digital life and so never had to adjust to it as the rest of us settlers have. Like all Nisei, they understand the new world in ways their parents never will and speak its language with far more […]

The Wrong Way to Discuss New Technologies

Over at Slate, Evgeny Morozov gives us another way to think about technological determinism–he calls it technological defeatism. Technological defeatism—a belief that, since a given technology is here to stay, there’s nothing we can do about it other than get on with it and simply adjust our norms—is a persistent feature of social thought about […]

Should pastors preach via video feed? Christopher Ash cites the Incarnation against it

Over at The Gospel Coalition, Christopher Ash, director of the Proclamation Trust’s Cornhill Training Course in London, has a provocative piece on why pastors should preach to congregants via video feed as little as possible. While he doesn’t rule out the use of video at all, he points out that Christ became flesh and dwelt among […]

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