Modern Reformation and Media Ecology

Modern Reformation: Wired and TiredModern Reformation, the flagship magazine of the White Horse Inn with Michael Horton, devotes most of its current issue (May-June, 2013) to media ecological content.

Ryan Glomsrud, executive editor of the magazine, introduces the confessional-Protestant publication by saying “we have to think carefully, not only about how we use technology but about how technologies are changing us.”

Articles include:

An interview with Maggie Jackson, author of Distracted: The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age.

“Alien Authenticity: Facebook ‘Likes’ and the Rise of ‘Adultescent’ Loneliness,” by Ethan Richardson, a diagnosis of the angst felt by 20-somethings amidst all their Facebook connectivity.

“Why We Prefer the Practical,” by Shane Rosenthal, a reflection of Alexis de Tocqueville’s observation that America was gripped from the very beginning with all things practical and how this has resulted in our current sense of restlessness.

The Book That Isn’t Really There: Digital Texts and Declining Discipleship,” by John J. Bombaro, a statement of reasons why we should keep books in our hands instead of downloading them onto ethereal devices.

“Deep-Sea Diving in a Jet Ski Age,” by Michael Horton, a summary of Nicholas Carr’s The Shallows and how it relates to Christian discipleship.

Two perspectives on the relevance of Neil Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death almost thirty years after its publication by T. David Gordon, a member of Second Nature’s editorial board, who reasserts the enduring importance of Postman’s book, and James H. Gilmore who claims television can no longer be considered public enemy #1.

While access to most of the articles requires a subscription, a free digital preview is available for several articles.

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