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?
I took a few days before writing this post because 1) whatever-I'm-busy-you-don't-know-my-life and 2) because I didn't want to be just another blogger-dude™ dunking on Judah Smith. I wanted to have something more interesting to say other than "Judah Smith is a more upbeat Rob Bell with weirder classes and cooler friends."** **Relax. It's a … Continue reading first church of the technopolis
I promise I'll not make a habit of this, but I have one of those personality types where it is hard to let a conversation go without replaying it in my mind over and over again. It's not a particularly enjoyable quirk to have - especially as a person who communicates for a living. So … Continue reading is virtue signalling a sin?