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Thoughts on “New Media”

I listen to the Al Mohler radio program during my commute daily. Today, he was talking about the new media landscape – with news coming on the Internet through all sorts of different means. How do we sort through it all? He suggested getting news from many different sources, bookmarking certain websites. I’d go a step further, suggesting RSS feeds and the like, although bookmarking sites is a great way to start.

I found Mohler’s suggestion to get multiple sources from many perspectives to be a great idea. You can’t trust one paper, newscast, or cable channel to give you the whole picture. One thing I would add is to make sure you aren’t isolating yourself with perspectives you agree with. It is far too easy to become isolated in a type of Christian, right wing (in my case) cocoon, in which you only hear stuff that you agree with and don’t get an accurate picture of what is really going on. I’ve found that only tuning into a certain perspective on issues tends to leave you isolated, unable to tell what is actually happening in culture. As an example, take the 2006 elections. Many conservatives were convinced that they could not lose, and gave ridiculous predictions of gaining seats in Congress. Why? Because they thought they knew the mood of the country, when they only knew the mood of the conservative media – which isn’t enough to let you know what is going on in this country – you need to be connected to all the trends.

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In Technology We Trust

America is a nation of idolaters. I know, since I am among their number. There are all sorts of things that this nation puts their trust and hope in, and I hope to make that an ongoing series here.

One of the things that we as a nation simply adore is technology. You can see it in the love of iPods, cell phones, and the countless gadgets we carry. You can see it in the movies, where the guy with the gadgets comes in and saves the day. You can see it in the breathless coverage a new technological invention gets in the media. You can a microcosm of this in Apple. Basically, there is a whole rumor culture around the company, which ramps up whenever the High Priest of Apple, Steve Jobs, gets up and says something. Apple currently defines the “hip gadget”, as can be seen by the hyperventilation over the iPhone. “What will it mean? Will it redefine cell phones forever? Most of all, where and when can I get one?” However, scientific technology is viewed in a similar fashion. People don’t think about the ethics of a situation at all if a new technology is involved – because the new, more technological way HAS to be better than the old way. I know this temptation well, being someone in the technology industry.

At times when we are tempted to buy into the technology worship culture, I think it is wise to remember that God is over everything. He commands us to trust in him. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.” (Prov. 3:5) This verse in particular can apply to when we put too much faith in technological achievement. We are to trust in God and God alone. Technology will fail (very often with a blue screen of death these days). God will not. The verse “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” (Mark 13:31) is a reminder that anything we build will not last, and is not worthy of our trust and worship.

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