James Ogden Sharpe

James Ogden Sharpe is a black belt from Texas pursuing a Bachelor's in interdisciplinary studies combining anthropology, psychology, and media studies. Were the world's economic, social, and political edifices not crumbling, he would study literature or photography or spend more time at the movies. His work has appeared before many professors and has been generally well-received--in the B+ to A- range.

Presence in the Modern World by Jacques Ellul–A New Translation!

Jacques Ellul’s classic book on the Christian’s role in a technologically mediated society just got a fresh translation, the first in over 50 years. And let me just say, the new cover is so cute, so modern. It hits the hipster aesthetic nail on its bearded, ray-bans wearing head. This book will look great on your coffee table or bookshelf as […]

Three Lessons from Father Daniel J. Berrigan

At least for my generation (Millennials), “the 70’s” means sex, drugs, and bad hair, and “the 80’s” means sex on TV, good music, and the decade my thrift-store clothes are from. What doesn’t come to mind is “penniless, powerful” or “defiant priest.” And yet, anyone familiar with the pacifist resistance movements in those years will […]

For Whom is the Meeting the Message?

Just a couple weeks ago, the grand imam of a major Sunni University, Ahmad el-Tayeb, met Pope Francis at the Vatican for a peaceful conversation. The pope sat facing the grand imam beside his desk instead of with the desk between them as a gesture of equality. More awkward than fraternal, if you ask me–unless […]

Till Texts Do Us Part

In a news post that might be the plot of a web-drama by some college-age Tumblr kid, it’s been revealed that a newlywed couple in Saudi Arabia’s marriage lasted a sum total of less than 24 hours because “the bride… wouldn’t stop texting her friends.” In perhaps the most memorable moment of the seven sentence […]

Walker Percy’s The Moviegoer Turns Fifty

The world’s literati know that some of the greatest writers have also been some of the greatest satirists. Jane Austen and Jonathan Swift come to mind. So does Kurt Vonnegut. But this year marks the semi-centennial of one particular master of sarcasm and satire. And that would be the inimitable Walker Percy. Percy’s first and most widely acclaimed novel, The Moviegoer, won […]

God is Not Spectacular

Communication technologies are not neutral channels. Just as the riverbed shapes the path of the river as much as the river does, so too, society’s media shape their organization as much as they do. To take an example, smartphones may ostensibly “connect” us, but everyone knows that what they have actually done is atomize us […]