Igods: How Technology Shapes Our Spiritual and Social Lives
Today the world is literally at our fingertips. We can call, text, email, or post our status to friends and family on the go. We can carry countless games, music, and apps in our pocket. Yet it's easy to feel...
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Today the world is literally at our fingertips. We can call, text, email, or post our status to friends and family on the go. We can carry countless games, music, and apps in our pocket. Yet it's easy to feel overwhelmed by access to so much information and exhausted from managing our online relationships and selves.
Craig Detweiler, a nationally known writer and speaker on media issues, provides needed Christian perspective on navigating today's social media culture. He interacts with major symbols, or "iGods," of our distracted age--Google, Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Pixar, YouTube, and Twitter--to investigate the impact of the technologies and cultural phenomena that drive us. Detweiler offers a historic look at where we've been and a prophetic look at where we're headed, helping us sort out the immediate from the eternal, the digital from the divine.
Craig Detweiler is Associate Professor of Communication at Pepperdine University. He is the editor of "Halos and Avatars: Playing Video Games with God"; the author of "Into the Dark: Seeing the Sacred in the Top Films of the 21st Century"; and coauthor (with Barry Taylor) of "A Matrix of Meanings: Finding God in Pop Culture".
- 1. Introduction: Igods<br>2. Defining Technology<br>3. Apple: Aesthetics First<br>4. A Brief History Of The Internet<br>5. Amazon: Personalized Abundance<br>6. Google: Algorithmic Authority<br>7. A Brief History Of Social Networking<br>8. Facebook: Authentic Frenemies<br>9. You Tube, Twitter, Instagram: Audience Participation<br>10. Conclusion: The Telos Of Technology