The Second Eclectic

Technology changes how we relate to God and each other

Getting your gadgets in order

I appreciated reading a series of three blog posts over at Theology IS Life called "On Gadgets and Godliness." I most benefitted from reading the first two.

Part One
Part Two
Part Three

In Part One, he refers to an essay by tech philosopher Neil Postman (bmoc), who says that technology is never a pure benefit. There's always an associated cost. "The question, 'What will a new technology do?' is no more important than the question, 'What will a new technology undo?' Indeed, the latter question is more important, precisely because it is asked so infrequently."

In Part Two, he suggests 7 questions to ask when adopting new technology and software. These reminded me of Shane Hipps' 4 questions in his book, The Hidden Power of Electronic Media. Then, the blogger applies this in terms of using his dishwasher. Boring? You would think, but it's not. It's the best part of the post.