Archives for April 2013

What Big Data Will Never Explain

What is big data? It’s the 2.5 quintillion bytes of data we create everyday. IBM collects its big data from “sensors used to gather climate information, posts to social media sites, digital pictures and videos, purchase transaction records, and cell phone GPS signals.” It’s the raw dirt that allows IBM and other companies the ability […]

The Perils and Promise of Cyber-Church

The internet is volatilizing and reconfiguring political life in late-modern highly-developed societies. If Christian theology gives us any critical purchase on the cultural developments that surround and shape us, it will thus need to make its insights felt here. We tend to assume that the internet and the various communication gadgets that go along with […]

Online dating has gone mainstream – is that a good thing?

It’s clear that few areas of life have been or will be left untouched by the Internet. Using the Internet, and without ever leaving their house, a person can buy groceries (and have them delivered), pay their taxes, get medical advice – even “attend church“. The idea of online dating is nothing new, but, as […]

Plato’s New Media Cave

A new take on Plato’s Cave from artist Joan Steacy:

‘Hope City’, the futuristic city-in-a-building for tech innovation – in Ghana

Ghana wants to be the place in Africa (or the world) for innovation in tech, and they’re building a futuristic city to do it. Everything the city needs for research (labs, factories, offices) and living (housing, restaurants, entertainment, etc) for its 25,000 residents will be contained within the buildings. The picture above is a computer […]

Press Release: Introducing the new online journal, Second Nature

April 1st, 2013 – The new online journal Second Nature officially launches today and plans to be the definitive place for critical thinking about technology and new media in light of the Christian tradition, with written articles, images, videos, poetry, and links. The journal’s co-founders are Benjamin Robertson, Brantly Millegan, and Read Mercer Schuchardt. Robertson and Millegan both […]

The New Nomads: Eight Characteristics of the Electric Mass Audience

Some years ago W.B. Yeats wrote a poem called Sailing To Byzantium (1928), and one of the verses goes this way: Once out of nature I shall never take My bodily form from of any natural thing, But such a form as Grecian goldsmiths make Of hammered gold and gold enamelling To keep a drowsy Emperor […]

The Medium is the Messiah: McLuhan’s Religion and its Relationship to His Media Theory

To say that Marshall McLuhan was incidentally a Christian, or that his Catholicism was just part of his private life, is a little like saying that Karl Marx was only incidentally a Marxist. This essay will attempt to reconcile the seeming contradiction between the Marshall McLuhan who had “no theory of communication” and was simply […]

The Beautiful Chain

A young girl with a red sweater, a silver chain with large links around her neck, and an Apple product, clutched with feeling close to her heart. Click the image to see it full size. Copyright © 2013 Juliette Aristides

The Technological Return to the Family: How the Internet is Bringing People Back Home

I’m a husband and father who has an outlandish dream: I want to spend the vast majority of my time with my wife and children. Why can’t I do so now? Because I have to work at a job. Commute to and from a big city each day to get there. I have to do […]

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