The technology that I want to focus on for my technology plan assignment is my iPod Touch. It has capabilities for internet, e-mail, twitter, apps and music. I can begin to see how it is biased toward taking over lives.
From my technology fasts, I know that my iPod is my most missed technology. I miss my calendar, e-mail, Words with Friends and music. However, it takes up my in-between moments with its noise. It would be much more productive to fill my in-between moments with prayer and thoughts relating to God. I was much more contemplative this week without my iPod.
Some quotes and sources that I found useful are listed below. (more…)

This week has brought me the understanding of technology having biases. As I stated in my initial post, “my husband pointed out that all technology with a computer chip is based on the idea of yes or no, right or wrong. Programming is based on zeros and ones with the computer interpreting one’s answer into a category, essentially judging and categorizing one, and one’s choices.”

I have been challenged this week to reflect on what biases certain technologies have. I found this difficult because as Postman (1992) states, “Unforeseen circumstances stand in the way of all those who think they see clearly the direction in which a new technology will take us. Not even those who invent a technology can be assumed to be reliable prophets, as Thamus warned.”

Dr. Creasman responded with,

“That, I think, is a key to this whole idea of technology having ‘morals’, incredible as it sounds. If technologies have a ‘correct way to function’ they will find that function, regardless of the inventor’s intentions. Often these ‘morals’ arise and are discovered when the technology comes to full fruition and social saturation. We really didn’t see the power of the telephone until it went ‘cellular’ and freed itself of its wires. Now the power of the phone can be seen. And perhaps the bias/word you are looking for is ‘omnipresence.’”

The idea that anyone or anything should think itself omnipresent (a characteristic that should only be applied to God) is astonishing!

Kevin also prodded me to determine what I meant when I use the word ‘truth’. My answer, in my own words, would be that truth is founded in God. God is the ethical value that individuals and society should follow and imitate in their daily lives. Because God is unchangeable, so is truth.

Creasman, P. (2011, February 9). RE: The Cylons [Msg 3]. Message posted to https:/
Hooton, E. (2011, February 8). The Cylons [Msg 1]. Message posted to https:/
Lawson, K. (2011, February 9). Family Interactions and Truth [Msg 2]. Message posted to https:/
Postman, N. (1992). Technopoly: The surrender of culture to technology (p.15). New York, NY: Vintage.

This week’s subject is one that is near to me. Last year, I realized that I was addicted to my computer, iPod and the internet. I had been trying to hide from my emotions by being constantly occupied with my computer. While I was mostly able to cover my fears, I was depressed from lack of intimacy with others. Postman states, “The computer is, in a sense, a magnificent toy that distracts us from facing what we most needed to confront — spiritual emptiness, knowledge of ourselves, usable conceptions of the past and future.” (Postman, 1990)

Schultze states, “Informationism encourages informational promiscuity: impersonal relationships based on feigned intimacies and lacking moral integrity.” (Schultze, 2002, p.35) I was being promiscuous with my children and husband. For example, my daughter was being bullied. She was acting strangely, getting poor grades and saying that she wished she were dead. I should have seen those signs, but the computer blinded me.

I do agree with what Postman says about technology having winners and losers. (Postman, 1992) We have given up a lot by our dependency on technology. Tamara noted that some technologies get pushed out by newer ones, like phonebooks for online directories. She points out that this causes us to forget how to use the older technologies.
I think of handwriting. No one takes time to learn to write beautifully anymore. Instead we learn a new texting language. That is useful in it’s own way, but so is handwriting.

Kevin D. Miller writes, “…the Amish have managed to keep technology in check, and in doing so they have fostered a sense of community that many of us yearn for in our electronically tethered and frenetically paced lives.” (Miller, 2011, p.20) I hope that by the end of this class I will have learned how to use technology in a discretionary way.

Miller, K. D. “Technological prudence: What the Amish can teach us.” Christian
reflection: A series in faith and ethics. 38 (2011): 20-28. Print.
Postman, N. (11 Oct. 1990). “Informing ourselves to death.” [Speech] Retrieved
Postman, N. (1992). Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology. New York,
NY: Vintage.
Schultze, Q. J. (2002). Habits of the High-Tech Heart: Living Virtuously in the
Information Age. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.
Tarrance, T. (2011, February 1). TTarrance – Week 1 [Msg. 1] Message posted to: