When I wrote this piece, all the news I’d received on Jennifer Fulwiler’s condition had been encouraging. For that reason, I gave myself leave to take a detour from the ongoing drama of her illness to broader questions of how social media affect the way people interact. However, since then, I’ve learned she’s taken a turn for the worse. How much worse I can’t say. What is clear is that an angle that seemed appropriate a few minutes ago, no longer does. For that reason, I’m removing the piece, and replacing it with my plea for prayers for the Fulwiler family.
My thesis was that Christians, recognizing something unique in human beings that technology can’t duplicate, can hope to resist the dehumanizing effects of social media use. Here’s where I put my money where my mouth is.