Technology 

Is all this extra tech good for us?

As more and more people enter into lockdowns and shutdowns it is almost inevitable that time on social media and screens is going to increase. So how should we view that? As a den of temptation and vice? As not that bad? “There doesn’t seem to be an evidence base that would explain the level of panic and consternation around these issues,” said Candice L. Odgers, a professor at the University of California… https://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2020/01/how-bad-are-smart-phones-for-people-and-kids.html Or as something we would basically be better off, if not completely without, then definitely with…

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Social media hasn't got any better for 2020

Social media is now ever-present or omnipresent feature of modern life. Not all that long ago it was touted as a means to bring the world closer together and now it’s seen as a tool that is used to drive us ever further apart. In this short article, I’ll share some links to good articles that highlight the danger, present the options and give some wisdom as to how to handle the two-headed beast that is social media. These were the 5 key trends from social media going into 2019…

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The Curiosity Index (Digital life edition)

After (yet another) unscheduled pause in writing I’m not going to be making any promises about regularity. If I can make it happen, great, if not well I’ll show up again here sometime. Writing may not have been happening but the collecting of links never ends. Today we’re looking at articles that help us think through our use of social media and organising our digital lives. What is the real problem with social media? And how should we respond? Tyler Cowen: “Online life is inducing us to invest less in…

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The social media digest (bumper links edition)

Social media continues to dominate debate, shape conversations and it both broadens and narrows, unites and divides. In this post you’ll find a large number of articles handily grouped together to help you navigate your way through the tricky new waters of life in a social media age. I’ve noticed that people tend to use technology and social media interchangeably, most likely because the tool for both is their smartphone. In this set of articles I’ve tried to limit it more specifically to social media – the use and sharing…

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Social media, privacy & being a product

For years I’ve railed against the dangers of consumerism in which every aspect of our life is treated as a consumer experience and that life in all it’s wonder and mystery can be repackaged and sold to you. Consumerism as a means by which humans gain identity, beauty, redemption, purpose, hope, joy and so on is a terrible substitute for the real things but we no longer know how to find or access the real. Anyway what has this to do with social media? Well, for perhaps the first time,…

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Rethinking my use of social media

At some point last autumn I did something, that was for me, quite radical. I deleted Twitter from my phone. I dislike Facebook and have never allowed it on my phone, I briefly had Instagram but quickly tired of people posing. Twitter though was, for me,  different. It’s been my favoured social media network for years. It was a source of news, interesting images, facts, articles, comedy and conversation. I’ve evaluated my use of social media before but if I’m being honest I didn’t follow through and make any substantial…

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The Curiosity Index (05.01.2018)

Christmas violence and arrests shake Indian Christians I don’t know how your Christmas was but it probably wasn’t like this. While lots of us in safe countries are focused on productivity, life goals and so on that for many Christians life is lived under constant pressure. Contextualised Christmas Dinner This gives you a little insight into how you figure out Christmas traditions in a different culture. A New Year’s Wish: Better Social Media This asks a brilliant question: “Why is everyone hooked on a product that makes them miserable?” 10 Rules to…

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