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

we are in danger of turning our back on a generation

A couple weeks ago, the Missouri School Board Association released some initial recommendations in regards to public school in the fall. I want to be fair to those involved. These recommendations are not requirements. They more closely resemble the type of brainstorming that often takes place in sterile conference rooms. It's important to be charitable … Continue reading we are in danger of turning our back on a generation

pandemic in the technocracy

Almost seventy years ago a French philosopher and theologian wrote a book that is more relevant today than when he wrote it. Writing less than ten years after the catastrophe of World War II, Jacques Ellul sounded the alarm about what he called the Technological Society. Ellul argues that modern life is increasingly governed by … Continue reading pandemic in the technocracy

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

the most annoying people on social media (simpsons version)

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)

day 14

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

day 8

How's everyone doing? Today was a day of firsts for a lot of people in Southwest Missouri. Because many of us were on Spring Break last week, today many kids began schooling at home. Based on what I saw on Facebook and in my own house, there were decidedly mixed results. I'm not going to … Continue reading day 8