A series of blogs I wrote in the past couple of weeks focused on an article from Jonathan Haidt about social media and how it’s made our culture more stupid. In particular was a statistic on the extreme positions in our country being white and wealthy. David French makes the same case:
Part 1Part 2Part 3 In his article, “Why the Past 10 Years of American Life Have Been Uniquely Stupid,” Jonathan Haidt has laid out the case for the downfall of practical thinking and directly correlates it to the rise of social media. He likens it to the Tower of Babel, how we all communicated withContinue reading “The last ten years have re-wired us, Part 4”
I have been blogging over the past week on an article by Jonathan Haidt on how social media has rewired our brains over the last 10 years. What has been lost is nuance and the ability to live in the nuance in the power of the gospel. This video is a powerful example of notContinue reading “We have to stand up”
Part 1Part 2 “… Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and a few other large platforms unwittingly dissolved the mortar of trust, belief in institutions, and shared stories that had held a large and diverse secular democracy together. ” — Jonathan Haidt
In February 2012, as he prepared to take Facebook public, Mark Zuckerberg reflected on those extraordinary times and set forth his plans. “Today, our society has reached another tipping point,” he wrote in a letter to investors. Facebook hoped “to rewire the way people spread and consume information.” By giving them “the power to share,”Continue reading “The last ten years have re-wired us”
Two stories I ran across that speak to heartache and grief I carry. One is about the deepening issue of Christian nationalism. I had called it culturalized Christianity years ago, and things are only worse.
20 But our citizenship is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. (Philippians 3:20, NRSV) A beautiful note from NT Wright on this verse. We have so much to learn! ‘We are citizens of heaven,’ Paul declares in verse 20. At once many modern Christians misunderstand whatContinue reading “Citizenship”
I am trying to find a “groove” in a discipline of writing. This time it isn’t about blogging, but about actual writing. A book. One I’ve needed to write for quite some time and have just been too lazy and timid to organize. It is still a big mess, but I am working on it.
One of the joys of being an Anglican is finding the brilliant thinkers and writers currently engaging our culture and spiritual life. If you haven’t heard of Tish Harrison Warren, you just did… and you need to hear more from her. You can subscribe to her weekly newsletter in the New York Times for free.
We were right to be angry at the great wrongs of 9/11, but at some point, rehearsing that anger year after year doesn’t move us toward justice, love, or the forgiveness Jesus commands of his followers. It moves us toward resentment, hostility, and bitterness, with all the trouble it brings (Heb. 12:15). We never knewContinue reading “9/11 — 20 years”