There is a great difference in excellency, usefulness, and comfort between people of clear, digested knowledge, and confused, undigested apprehensions. -Richard Baxter

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technology and its potential depredations on the soul

Vern Poythress:

A capable cell phone today has more computing power than the computer that took the Apollo astronauts to the moon. It gives instant access not only to your friends’ voices but to all the information on the internet. Are you keeping up or falling behind in the race for the latest electronic fashions? Read the rest of this entry »

You, your cell phone: a match made in….

Last Friday there was a bit of a ruckus on our street.  A high school sits around the corner and when school let out that afternoon, a couple students took it upon themselves to provide a little entertainment for their comrades by getting into a rumble–at first nearer the school (the policeman’s use of all the features on his new-fangled siren package was apparently all he was interested in doing to break it up).  Undaunted, the warring pair relocated the festivities to our neck of the woods.

I’d seen fights before in public school, and the crowds they usually drew.  What was new about this one was how the spectators quickly morphed, whenever the combatants raised their fists, into citizen-journalists.  They, with one accord, all raised their camera phones to snap a shot or record a short video-byte of the ruckus.

Old scenario, new scenery–this time with technology encroaching a bit further into the lanscape.

We’ve pointed  you to Cynthia Rosen’s work before–previously about how the virtual realities we inhabit in the cyberworld might have an effect on our sense of actual reality.  She’s written several pieces about technology recently, the first of which we’ll point you to today.  This one’s about your cell phone.

who are you? who, who? who, who?

From our earliest days we have this urge to put on alternative personas or engage in imaginary realities. I would savor pretending to be an astronaut. I would look forward to my buddies coming over in the afternoon to play a simulated war game with all our plastic m-16’s and silver-painted 6-shooters. The interesting thing about our generation is that technology has allowed us to indulge that preference for donning identities not our own and living vicariously in worlds we’ll never travel to. Does the explosion of media for catering to that need have any long-term effects? Here’s an article written in last month’s The New Atlantis about what our penchant for slipping into something a little more. . .whatever you want it to be, might be doing to us. What do you think?