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Restless Devices: Recovering Personhood, Presence, and Place in the Digital Age

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Overview

We’re being formed by our devices. Today’s digital technologies are designed to captivate our attention and encroach on our boundaries, shaping how we relate to time and space, to ourselves and others, even to God. Our natural longing for relationship makes us vulnerable to the “industrializing” effects of social media. While we enjoy the benefits of digital tech, many of us feel troubled with its power and exhausted by its demands for permanent connectivity. Yet even as we grow disenchanted, attempting to resist the digital “powers that be” might seem like a losing battle.

Sociologist Felicia Wu Song has spent years considering the personal and collective dynamics of living in digital ecosystems. In this book she combines psychological, neurological, and sociological insights with theological reflection to explore two major questions:

  • What kind of people are we becoming with personal technologies in hand?
  • And who do we really want to be?

Song unpacks the soft tyranny of the digital age, including the values embedded in our apps and the economic systems that drive our habits and their subtle yet pervasive effects. She then explores pathways of meaningful resistance that can be found in Christian tradition, especially counter-narratives about human worth, embodiment, relationality, and time. Considering digital practices through the lens of “liturgy” and formation, she offers practical experiments for individual and communal change.

In our current digital ecologies, small behavioral shifts are not enough to give us freedom. We need a sober and motivating vision of our prospects to help us imagine what kind of life we hope to live—and how we can get there.

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  • Unpacks the soft tyranny of the digital age
  • Examines the values embedded in our apps and the economic systems
  • Explores pathways of meaningful resistance that can be found in Christian tradition
  • Introduction: Confessions
  • Being at Altitude: Understanding the Digital Ecology
  • The Terms of Agreement: What Digital Media Companies Have Known All Along
  • The Industrialization of You and Me
  • The Good News
  • Settling for Connection When Created for Communion: A Theological Anthropology
  • Digital Practices as (Secular) Liturgy
  • Reimagining Time and Attention: Soul Formation in a Culture of Productivity
  • Embodied and Embedded: Transforming Sites of Faithful Presence and Sacred Spaces
  • The Church as Counter-Liturgy: Alternative Futures of Faith Communities
  • Title: Restless Devices: Recovering Personhood, Presence, and Place in the Digital Age
  • Author: Felicia Wu Song
  • Publisher: IVP Academic
  • Print Publication Date: 2021
  • Logos Release Date: 2021
  • Pages: 216
  • Era: era:contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Reader Edition
  • Subjects: Technology › Religious aspects--Christianity; Digital media › Religious aspects--Christianity; Liturgics
  • ISBNs: 9780830851133, 9780830851140
  • Resource ID: LLS:RSTLSSDVCSDGTLG
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-01-19T22:54:13Z

In the Logos Reader Edition, this volume is enhanced to best fit the content. Scripture references are hand-tagged to integrate with powerful functionality in Logos Bible Software. Page milestones and internal citation tagging provide accurate points of reference. Search important words across resources to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive tools for reading digital content are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Felicia Wu Song (PhD, University of Virginia) is a cultural sociologist of media and digital technologies, currently serving as professor of sociology at Westmont College in Santa Barbara. Her publications include Virtual Communities: Bowling Alone, Online Together and articles in such scholarly journals as Gender & Society and Information, Communication & Society.

 

 

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