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A Connected World

A couple of days ago Steve Knight wrote a fascinating post about technology in our lives.  It really captured my attention regarding the drive towards hyperconnectivity.  Technology has an interesting way of revealing our desire for connectivity.  The more we embrace it, the more it seems to reveal something in us.

And then I ran into the above commercial called The Fourth Screen.  It’s the interplay and history of the screens in our lives.  The first was the filmstrip, or movie screen.  The second screen was the television that brought the world into our homes.  The third screen was the Internet, which allowed us to contribute content and the fourth screen is the Internet phone.

“New kinds of communities emerged.  But the experience had become individual, even solitary.  The sense of community feel real…but it was virtual.

And then…everything changed.  And it changed forever.

Everything came to us in a device that could fit into our pocket.  We went back out into the world.  We listened to what we loved when we liked.  We played when we wanted where we chose.  We shared what inspired us with everyone we cared about.  We carried our sense of purpose with us. We discovered new people, and places, and experiences.  And our sense of purpose kept growing.

It was the end of something.  It was the beginning of EVERYTHING.”

Is technology rubbing up against our inherent design for community and connectedness? Is technology feeding what has been there all a long? Only we never knew it because the technology didn’t exist to reveal it. So the dependency becomes the sign of our own humanity and need for touch.

I realize that advertising plays into our needs and plays a role in shaping society and the message we receive.  But that message is only as good as its ability to resonate with the viewer.  Advertising can only work when it touches something within that already exists.

And yet as the commercial reveals there is a tension in our need for touch.  To embrace technology means reaching out.  It requires stepping beyond our defense mechanisms.  It requires stepping outside and allowing new information into our world.  But our defense mechanisms are deep.  What was originally designed for community and sharing the world eventually becomes privatized and inward.  We retreat instead of advance.

I have been blogging daily now for about 9 months and using Twitter for about a month.  And the more I do, the more I am aware of the desire for it.  I have had several conversations with myself and my wife about being on the computer.  And I have come to the conclusion that my heart is inherently longing for the connectedness that technology promises.  It is revealing my base nature to “be” connected with humanity.

If we are truly made in the image of God, then we too are designed for community. And I am left wondering if hyperconnectivity is essentially an human response to that design.

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There is something strangely ironic about the title and content of this guys post.

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Does your church have an apostle? And is he living or dead?

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It looks like we do need another Bible translation. Looks interesting.

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And I quote, “Two signs of a healthy church are sexual immortality and heresy.” Read More (ht)

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Are we worthy of God’s love?  I think so.  I may not be in the majority but at least Doug Pagitt agrees with me and Rachel.

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I Took The Twitter Plunge

I’m gonna give Twitter a try, although I’m not so sure the service wants me.  I signed up and was able to  post but when I refreshed the site crashed on me.  Then it didn’t like my password, so I had to reset it.  Then it wouldn’t email me the instructions.  It took 15 minutes to finally email me the instructions to reset it.  Not a good start.

But I’m willing to give it a try.  If you use twitter, let me know so I can add you to my list of people I follow.  I think this could be cool…if it works.

Here’s my page and my feed.

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Every once in a while I get a Spanish comment. This is a simple, cool translator I found.

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7,871 FREE fonts. Yep.

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Brad Cecil explains, Why I am Emergent (By one guy who shouldn’t be)

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The coolest thing I hear this week: Are you living a life that is worth telling stories about?

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One of the more interesting uses of the Wii console hand device. Very cool gaming potential here.

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As I read that title it sounds so exploitative but it’s not for cheap thrills and readers. I really mean to go somewhere with this so stick with me.

I’m a huge believe in the value of technology. I bought my first Apple computer for $3,000 buck back in 1983. And since then I’ve seen technology literally change lives. It has so much potential and promise. Technology can be used to do great things in the world, one of which has been the empowerment of the average person with the ability to communicate. Email used to be so cool and now I send or receive on average of 50 electronic letters a day. Youtube disperses anything that is buzzworthy in a moments notice. Facebook is connecting me with people I haven’t seen in 15 years. And the podcast…I’m really beginning to wonder if this little invention won’t be the biggest technological monster of them all.

About two years ago I bought an iPod because I wanted to listen to Rob Bell sermon’s. With iTunes they eventually became instantly delivered to my computer. I didn’t have to go get them. And over time I began to rely on them, even feeling at times that I was more connected to Mars Hill than my own local church.

And then a good friend of mine, Paul Mayers, wrote this,

“I can find podcasts galore to download of top preachers from all over the world.”

And his statement made me really think for a second. Are other people doing the same thing as me? And yes they are. In droves. The Mars Hill podcast is the second most requested podcast in the Christian category. And I’m sure there are others as well. People are beginning outside their local church because of this technology simply because they now can.

But the nature of podcasting has changed the way we interact with our local body. It’s tight, cost-effective to produce, portable, and cheap to distribute. Television or video can’t reach that level of simplicity.

And then I really got chills thinking…in twenty years are there going to be a significant amount of people who derive a large portion of their spiritual dialog and discipleship from podcast? Is the next trend of church hopping to simply move to the podcast?

Paul asks,

“…after all with me and Jesus why do I need church anyway? It’s a much better investment of my time and energy to go and hang out with people i like who don’t go to church and be a missionary in my community.”

And I know it won’t replace the need for community but it will allow people access to quality teachers…that live thousands of miles away. So I’m wondering if when all is said and done this simply little technology will be one of the most significant player sin the reformation of the church?

What do you think?

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