Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Of all the feast days St. Patrick’s is the one that demands parties, people and parades. Yet here we are on this March 17, 2020 hunkered down in quarantine. Each of us either alone or with … Continue reading →
It sounds funny to suggest that you should read more about technology. One of the oldest skills being paired with the newest interfaces. But there is a ton of great stuff out there. And many of them found their way into LaSalle’s recent Wired for Life sermon series.
A helpful overview on the power of technology. Kelly is a thoughtful integrated Christian thinker and a good guide for helping navigate the balance of personal boundaries and boundless opportunity. He sees technology as a living system that has a life and ethos of its own. Keeping it in check is our responsibility.
Turkle, a professor at MIT, examines the habits of young adults especially in this work that is full of interviews along with scholarly analysis. Alone Together already seems a little dated in places, but it offers good insights into what we are have already lost in our interpersonal relationships and (potentially) what we might gain. She has an earlier book, Reclaiming Conversation, that is outstanding. This book builds on that research.
I had this book on my list and just never got to it. But Carr, a regular contributor to TheAtlantic, is a marvelous writer and the reviews I read were outstanding. This is the book I’ll read this summer and report on later.
Side note from Lucas: I read The Shallows a couple years ago and still think about the ideas Carr presents every time I google some piece of trivia. You’ll be challenged to consider the broad consequences of living in a world where almost limitless information is at your fingertips while true understanding seems even more difficult to grasp.
When we find ourselves caught off guard by the speed of technological progress, we might do well to recall the first chapter of Genesis: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth,” and as if that feat weren’t … Continue reading →
We’re told from a young age that knowledge is power. In the information age, knowledge resides on the other side of a keystroke or a voice command. Yet I doubt any of us would claim omnipotence by virtue of our … Continue reading →
This week Brigit Stacey joins me as co-author. Brigit attended the focus group I held with participants of The Room, LaSalle’s alternative worship space for 20- and 30-year olds. In the next minute, think about your closest friends—the people you … Continue reading →
In 1930 John Maynard Keynes, one of the founding fathers of modern economics, predicted that rapid technological advances would lead to a new problem for humanity: an abundance of leisure time. “Thus for the first time since his creation man … Continue reading →
We humans indulge in a lot of nostalgia, don’t we? We long for the good ‘ol days when times were simpler, people were kinder, and life moved more slowly. We complain that the corner store has been replaced by big … Continue reading →
I was thrilled with Eerdmans Publishing asked for a blog post highlighting generosity. It is part of the initial publicity for the release of Love Let Go:Radical Generosity for the real world. I was even more thrilled with how … Continue reading →
Je suis Français. “I am a Frenchman.” With that simple, uncompromising statement, olive farmer Cédric Herrou, cut through the hand-wringing indecisiveness many of us have shown in the face of the world’s humanitarian crisis. The unassuming Mr. Herrou is on … Continue reading →