Where we like it or not (and I do like it), we are in a digital culture.
To me, my digital devices make connecting with people much simpler through Facebook, Skype, cell phones, Twitter, texting, IM, blogs, e-mail, photo sharing, GPS,....
Not just connecting with people far away (Morgan sent me a text that she arrived at her honeymoon destination: “made it”), but it also connects me with people I live close to.
Jeff, Jenna, and I text each other throughout the day (“stuck in traffic so will be late for supper”) and e-mail, which reveals my generation (“attached is the application pdf—fill it out”). And we get each other’s tweets and Facebook status updates on our phones (although it is annoying when we update in the car and everybody’s phones immediately vibrate with the notification).
But at what price? Do our high-tech devices steal stuff from us too? Are we so glued to our smart phones and laptops and iTunes that we miss out on live-streaming of, well, life?
I don’t even know the right questions to ask about it all.
Am I being a good steward of my devices, or are my devices deciding for me how I use my time, how my brain works, who I’m trusting, on and on?
Tim’s aim is to help us live virtuously in the post-digital explosion. And I want to. I want to be a thoughtful user of technology.
And I believe it is possible. God can use technology for his glory and for our good, if we use disciplined discernment with it.
The book is divided into two parts. Part 1 is a blend of theology (how does God intend technology to help us), theory, and experiences between humans and their technologies.
Part 2 gets even more practical. Warning: you may come away thinking differently about Wikipedia, mediated reality, distractions, information idolatry, hypersociality, privacy, etc.
I listened to the audio version of this book. Even though that was quite apropos, I now want the hardcopy so I can see and read the words on paper (I’m kinda old-school like that, although I do love my Kindle!).
And I also want my teenage daughter to read it. If I think that *I* live in a digital world (I’m a digital immigrant), she was born into it (she’s a digital native). And I want her to be aware of the advantages and disadvantages.
We don’t have to be afraid of and avoid technology,
but we do need to stay aware of its effects.
Like everything else, it can be used for God or against him.
Let’s stay alert in our lives that it’s for him.
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Read the first chapter of The Next Story.
Do you struggle finding the right balance with digital use (I do!)?
Which technology helps you the most? Hinders you?