While at the NYWC in LA, I heard a talk by Shane Hipps on the dangers of technology and the myth of technological advancements and the intention behind invention and the reality of our world and yeah... it really got me thinking.
So much so, that months later, I'm still thinking about it. It was really an interesting talk.
His talk was based on this book which I have not read. But in a nutshell however, he doesn't see technolgy as evil, but thinks we need to understand what we exchange when we embrace it.
All technology is a tool, but it also comes with a price tag. Consequently, some of the questions that this generation will have to ask are:
- "What is the value of being literally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually fully present?"
- Is there ever any need to travel to meet or do something face to face or can we actually live and do life together virtually? What is the cost of a facebook friendship maintenance plan?
- Can someone attend church in their living room over the internet? Is there any need to physically be together?
- I can't watch my kids game and answer the phone.
- I can't surf the internet, and talk on instant message.
- I can't text someone, and listen to the conversation before me.
- I can't e-mail and blog and listen to music and watch the clock.