Those Dandy Selfies

We often think of the “selfie” (the practice of taking self-portraits and posting them to the Internet on social media like Facebook and Instagram) as a sort of postmodern phenomenon for teenagers. But over at the Paris Review blog, Tara Isabella Burton suggests that the origins of the selfie can be traced to nineteenth-century dandyism — [Read More...]

Wearable Technology: Darth Vader or Dick Tracy?

The whole issue of “wearable technology” has been around a long time, but it’s starting to become a hot topic with advancements like Google Glass and Fitbit. So over at The High Calling, Marcus Goodyear is asking, “Does it matter if people see technology before they see each other?” Forget about the big TVs. The [Read More...]

Facebook: Rediscovering 14th Century Community Values

Last week at The High Calling, Marcus Goodyear wrote about going to his wife’s high school reunion and making a surprising discovery: Apparently high school reunions are on the wane because of Facebook. Barely 10% of my wife’s class came out to see each other in person. Honestly, this surprised me. I expected that Facebook [Read More...]

Outrage? Or Arrogance?

Katelyn Beaty (who is a colleague of mine at Christianity Today) recently wrote an excellent editorial about our “hunger for outrage” on the internet – and the problems it causes. Call it the tart deliciousness of moral outrage. From mayors’ sex scandals to pastors’ oddball comments to judges’ incoherent rulings, we are reminded 24/7 of the [Read More...]


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