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?
It's not cool to praise Walmart. Heck, to a lot of people, it's not even cool to shop at Walmart. We know the narrative. The two best things that many can say about Walmart is that it is big and it is cheap. But those are also the two things that have made it so … Continue reading in praise of walmart
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
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
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
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