From the Second Nature Editors

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. […]

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?

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

Read Schuchardt to Speak at Christ Community Church as Part of #TrendingNow Series

Co-founder and chairman of Second Nature‘s editorial board Read Mercer Schuchardt will be speaking throughout the weekend of July 12th and 13th at Christ Community Church, a multi-site evangelical church in Illinois. Part of their summer “#TrendingNow: Christ & Culture” series, Schuchardt will be “analyzing the so-called ‘better quality of life’ provided by technology in the post-digital […]