December 6, 2013
Thinking theologically about technology.
For today's entry in the Friday Five interview series, we catch up with Craig Detweiler.
Craig Detweiler directs the Center for Entertainment, Media, and Culture at Pepperdine University. Craig's cultural commentary has appeared on ABC's Nightline, CNN, Fox News, Al Jazeera, NPR, and in The New York Times. His latest book is iGods. You can connect with him @craigdetweiler on Twitter.
Today we chat with Craig about technology, developing a theology for technology, and digital discipleship.
With iGods, you know that you are hitting most of us where we live—on our phones, tablets, and laptops—is this book intended to wake us up?
I'm trying to wake myself up! I became a bit disturbed by my own dependence, looking down at my phone rather than up at my friends, my family and God's wonderful world. As a professor, I also saw how much students were missing by tracking with their Facebook status rather than the substantive conversations we were having in class. It was remarkable how much more active a media or communication class became after I banished computers and cell phones. iGods taps into the love/hate relationship we all seem to have with our devices.
Marshall McLuhan famously said that the "medium is the message," but I'd guess that most Christians assume a philosophy that says mediums are neutral as long as we achieve "balance." But is this right?