Support the Café
Search our site

What is the internet doing to our hearts?

What is the internet doing to our hearts?

“… if the Internet is changing our heads, another question follows: What’s it doing to our hearts?”  asks the Deseret News:

In his best-selling book “The Shallows,” Nicholas Carr asked what the Internet is doing to our brains. His conclusion, while controversial, is that digital life is reshaping not only attention spans, but the very neurons that control them, the mainframe of the brain. “For the past five centuries, the linear, literary mind has been at the center of art, science and society,” Carr wrote. “It may soon be yesterday’s mind.”

“Digital technology has forever changed several cultural values, some of them significant,” said Meredith Gould, author of “The Social Media Gospel: Sharing the Good News in New Ways.”

They include patience, swapped for expedience, and modesty, exchanged for self-promotion and branding. Other areas in danger of erosion are authenticity, which some people dismiss as unnecessary in Internet transactions, and the value of a private, dignified and restrained life, traded by many for the boisterous digital confessional that popular family blogger Glennon Doyle Melton has called “living out loud.”

What does this mean for building community, sharing of information, expectations of others, and ethics?
Read more here

Image by Bryan Helfrich via Wikimedia Commons 

Posted by Ann Fontaine

0 0 vote
Article Rating
Facebooktwitterpinterestlinkedinmail

Café Comments?

Our comment policy requires that you use your real first and last names and provide an email address (your email will not be published). Comments that use non-PG rated language, include personal attacks, that are not provable as fact or that we deem in any way to be counter to our mission of fostering respectful dialogue will not be posted.

8 Comments
Newest
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Linda McMillan

I think that some of these dichotomy are straw men. You don’t have to trade patience for expedience, or exchange modesty for self-promotion and branding. Those are choices that people make.

My own internet life has not been perfect. I think we are all feeling our way in what is still a new world. But I have been able to learn from my mistakes, and from the mistakes of others too. I have seen some people who I thought were really doing it right, and I learn from them too.

I have a somewhat peripatetic life, having lived in three countries in five years, four if you count my home country of USA, and I’ve found that the internet can CONTRIBUTE to stability of life. It is the one constant in a blur of new people, jobs, churches, cultures, and languages. I have to say, I am really thankful I live in the internet age.

I still enjoy a long leisurely, linear romp through a good book. And the ability to sit still and do that is important too. I hope that the brave new world we seem to be facing can include both because I think both are good.

Linda McMillan
Lindy

Rod Gillis

Heart and mind are a kind of yin and yang. Most days I have serious reservations that the internet, like “organized” religion, is conducive to balance. Freedom of speech and expression are precious, especially in a religious context where obedience, and conformity reside. However, I wonder if online forums advance public discourse? It may be that the internet extends us asymmetrically, so that a balance between head and heart is not possible.

MeriAngel N. Enriquex

So true Ms Emily, Had my very first video call today with very old friend… from another life and another faith. She ministered to me at a level I have not had in many months. “Church” truely is not a Sunday only thing. It does not occur in a “building” with any address. It is corporate worship that I fear is most difficult. We can help the homless, we can give scholarships but are we meeting the needs of our parishioners? Is one among you melting in the rain? Give her shelter, warm her heart, send her a Christmas card! Even if she is politically incorrect, mentally ill, smelly, or just insert label here…if that’s what makes you feel better

Meri

In the mad world I reside the internet is allowing me to discuss catechumen topics electronically, and has keeps me connected with the broader base of my Christian support system, now 470 miles south. Realtionships at new chruch or communitiy take time and when in crisis or transition one needs support…however that hits your inbox. We are required to keep up with the times. Yes, there is bad subject matter out there
But I ask you.,.have we not learned ?
Do we not preach that all are welcomed? At 3am can I retrieve a prayer or scriptute or photograph of nature that could save my physical life. Do NOT live in black & white. Praise God for gray areas no mater where..our Lord God loves them all. No darkness can hide in LIGHT

MeriAngel N. Enriquez

MeriAngel N. Enriquez

Ann Fontaine

Meri: please sign your full name when you comment. Thanks. Editor

MeriAngel N. Enriquez

Weird, the internet does not require an earthly identity. My friends know my name. Even if that was not on my birth certificate….kinda the point?

Also God knows my name & and address at all times, no mater who else does not

Emily Windsor

On the internet since 1988, it has helped me archive information for my friends and family; it’s a database of issues and “pages” devoted to telling the truth in a society in which perjury and adverts don’t have to.

My children are all accessible to me this way; and Skype makes a “phone call” very rich and engaging with everybody in the room.

I had hoped to find a way back to the Church; but I’m not politically-correct enough to be heard. But God is faithful.

What doesn’t get heard here goes to God in my prayers, and He shows me the way, probably better than the Church can or could in these chaotic times wherein 501(c)(3) is more important than people.

Emily

Facebooktwitterrss
Support the Café
Past Posts
2020_012
2020_013_B
2020_013_A

The Episcopal Café seeks to be an independent voice, reporting and reflecting on the Episcopal Church and the Anglican tradition.  The Café is not a platform of advocacy, but it does aim to tell the story of the church from the perspective of Progressive Christianity.  Our collective sympathy, as the Café, lies with the project of widening the circle of inclusion within the church and empowering all the baptized for the role to which they have been called as followers of Christ.

The opinions expressed at the Café are those of individual contributors, and, unless otherwise noted, should not be interpreted as official statements of a parish, diocese or other organization. The art and articles that appear here remain the property of their creators.

All Content  © 2017 Episcopal Café