Our Lying Eyes

George Floyd. Adam Toledo. Daunte Wright. Ma'khia Bryant. We know the tragic threads that draw each one of these four names together. Each of their stories differ in important details, but each was a black person whose life was ended by a police officer. The circumstance of their deaths is not all they share however. … Continue reading Our Lying Eyes

twitter doesn’t get a vote

If you haven't read Bari Weiss' letter of resignation from the New York Times, I won't at all be offended if you forgot about this post in order to read her blistering manifesto. In case you don’t know the context. Weiss was a centrist columnist at the NYT. After months of internal hostility and abuse … Continue reading twitter doesn’t get a vote

taylor comes to the office

TECHNOLOGY DOES NOT LEAVE YOU ALONE. This is one of the unbending laws of invention and innovation. Technology never leaves you alone. Every new technology you adopt will change you to some degree or another. Sometimes those changes are physical (think about a guitar giving you callouses on your fingertips), but most of the time … Continue reading taylor comes to the office

when am i getting off social media?

I've gotten a lot of questions lately from friends asking what I think about the documentary on Netflix about social media called "The Social Dilemma." I don't have the time right now to dedicate to a full review, so I'll say simply that it is essential viewing. If you use social media at all, you … Continue reading when am i getting off social media?

our digital ziggurat

I've been thinking about this question a lot lately. Honestly, the question did not originate with me. I first heard the question asked by Thomas Friedman years ago in his book The Lexus and the Olive Tree, but recent events have thrust it back into my mind. Are we creating a second Babel? Friedman's point … Continue reading our digital ziggurat

the internet is not a panacea

In a press conference last week announcing the closure of schools for the rest of the year, Missouri Governor Mike Parson said, "Schools should continue remote learning for their students until the end date previously set on their academic calendars." I was thinking about that this afternoon as I was helping my oldest with his … Continue reading the internet is not a panacea

sabbatical

A quick update. As many of you know, Ozark Christian College has generously offered me a sabbatical from this June to December. I have several personal and professional goals for the sabbatical, but I have two primary purposes. First, the sabbatical will allow me the time and space to finish my dissertation. My intent is … Continue reading sabbatical

digital minimalism

According to Common Sense Media, around half of American teenagers feel addicted to their mobile devices. About 28% of teens feel their parents are addicted to their mobile devices. According to Adam Alter's book Irresistible, there were 280 million smartphone addicts worldwide in 2015. That would amount to the fourth most populous country in the world. Alter … Continue reading digital minimalism