A couple of years ago when I preached on technology and our lives, I found this fascinating piece by Vaughn Bell in Slate.
A respected Swiss scientist, Conrad Gessner, might have been the first to raise the alarm about the effects of information overload. In a landmark book, he described how the modern world overwhelmed people with data and that this overabundance was both “confusing and harmful” to the mind. The media now echo his concerns with reports on the unprecedented risks of living in an “always on” digital environment. It’s worth noting that Gessner, for his part, never once used email and was completely ignorant about computers. That’s not because he was a technophobe but because he died in 1565. His warnings referred to the seemingly unmanageable flood of information unleashed by the printing press.
Ah, yes, the perennial alarm bells announcing the inexorable decline of civilization. Change is hard. Not all change is good. And not all change is bad. The religious leader will say, “change mindfully.” That’s what I will say this coming weekend when I preach about creativity, technology, social media and community.
I invite your thoughts. Do you read blogs that improve your quality of life? (Here is a list of UU blogs if you want to check them out.) Does social media expand or contract your community? How does technology change the ways you are creative in your life?
Text me, or send me a Tweet, Facebook message, or just email – whatever works best for you. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on creativity and technology and community.