From the Second Nature Editors

How Podcasting Hurts Preaching

“Sermons belong in church, not our earbuds.” –Read Mercer Schuchardt for Christianity Today  

The Most Important Thinker We Don’t Know

We knew about Neil Postman’s presentation at NewTech98, but we didn’t know about this one…

Let There Be Page Numbers- Podcast

One of the Printing Press’ oft overlooked side effects receives its well-deserved attention in this illuminating podcast on the advent of page numbers.

Marshall McLuhan- The Playboy Interview

The one good thing Playboy brought into the cultural conversation: the long-form interview

In Amish Country, The Future is Calling

“People are treating those phones like they are gods,” she said. “They’re bowing down to it at the table, bowing down to it when they’re walking. Here we say we don’t bow down to idols, and that’s getting dangerously close, I think.” — NY Times

Can We AutoCorrect 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

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

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?

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

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. […]