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?
John Calvin famously called human nature an "idol factory." This seems to be self-evidently true. We are always creating for ourselves objects or ideas to venerate. If that's true, then it is also true that we are always creating for ourselves new religions. A religion, to put it very simply, is a set of beliefs … Continue reading religion and cancel culture
On the most recent episode of the Every Thought Captive Podcast, we discussed some of the most annoying types of people that exist on social media. I've had years of discipline and practice reflecting on annoying people on social media - mostly by reading my own tweets. You should listen to the whole episode, but … Continue reading the most annoying people on social media (simpsons version)
Two weeks. Based on the President's press conference yesterday, it seems that we can count on at least four more. I hope he's right. People are already stir crazy. As the weather gets nicer across the country, it is going to be harder and harder to convince people to stay at home. Also, one of … Continue reading day 14
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
Before reading any further, I need you to do the following... Go to Instagram. Type "Berlin Holocaust Memorial" in the search bar. Find some cords and make yourself a whip. Most of us know the story of Jesus driving the money-changers out of the Temple. The money-changers were grifters. They were officially sanctioned scam-artists ripping … Continue reading #holocaust
There is a critical scene in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein that has Frankenstein's monster hiding in a hovel adjoining an out-of-the-way cottage. A hovel is an appropriately chosen abode for the monster. The image of a hovel brings to mind a solitary and wretched existence. "Wretch" is a favorite word of Shelley's. She uses it 38 … Continue reading silicon valley’s frankensteins
Following tangents and rabbit trails is one of my favorite teaching methods. Those seem to be the moments when everyone - including the professor - perk up a little bit from their PowerPoint induced malaise. In a recent class I got side tracked by a conversation about movies. We were talking about how movies are … Continue reading a movie for each generation
On a recent Sunday morning I was missing church both physically and existentially. Rather than worship, I was sitting in a poorly lit, underground hotel conference room listening to a plenary session at the annual meeting of one of the major regional accrediting bodies for higher education in the United States. It was titillating, as … Continue reading how did we get here?