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iGods: How Technology Shapes Our Spiritual Lives

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Brazos 2013

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Overview

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.

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Key Features

  • Situates Christian ethics in the midst of social media
  • Helps navigate the tricky world of online relationships
  • Navigates Christan perspectives on social media

Contents

    • Defining Technology
    • Apple: Aesthetics First
    • A Brief History of the Internet
    • Amazon: Personalized Abundance
    • Google: Algorithmic Authority
    • A Brief History of Social Networking
    • Facebook: Authentic Frenemies
    • You Tube, Twitter, Instagram: Audience Participation
    • Conclusion: The Telos of Technology

Praise for the Print Edition

Detweiler brings cultural savvy, theological know-how, and transparent passion to this book, making it both thoroughly readable and immensely insightful. I recommend this book to anyone who seeks to better understand the impact technology has on us, and who seeks to use it well for the kingdom of God.

—Brett McCracken, author, Hipster Christianity

This is a wonderfully engaging romp through the largely American hills and valleys where theology and technology meet--a splendid contribution to the emerging conversations about what constitutes the good life in this age of information and communication technologies.

Quentin Schultze, author, Habits of the High-Tech Heart: Living Virtuously in the Information Age

Where [Detweiler] excels most notably is in his careful, well-researched portrayal of the values and motivations behind the digital technologies so tightly woven into the fabric of our lives. By tracing the formation of the iGod institutions, his book constitutes 'an active resistance to a thoughtless embrace.' We're offered a theologically informed exposé of technological influences and a cautionary reminder that our media gadgets and their makers are far from neutral.

—Andrew Byers, Christianity Today

Product Details

  • Title: iGods: How Technology Shapes Our Spiritual and Social Lives
  • Author: Craig Detweiler
  • Publisher: Brazos
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 256
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Topic: Ethics

About Craig Detweiler

Craig Detweiler is an author, award-winning filmmaker, and cultural commentator who has been featured in the New York Times, on CNN, and on NPR. He is professor of communication and director of the Center for Entertainment, Media, and Culture at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. Detweiler is the author of Into the Dark: Seeing the Sacred in the Top Films of the 21st Century and coauthor of A Matrix of Meanings: Finding God in Pop Culture.

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