helpful way to diagnose and examine our hearts when it comes to our current fascination with technology great challenge for those who venerate the latest fads and fashions of Silicon Valley and the internet, exposing the manner in which we fall prey to their seductions and false promises causes thoughtful reflection on what it means to be virtuous, kind and loving in this day and age, especially in light of everybody s need for true community and the desire to know and be known, to love and be loved. The Internet Is Everywhere Chat Rooms And Instant Email Messages Have Taken The Place Of Letters And Phone Calls The Internet Has Changed The Way We Do Business, Shop, Communicate, And Even Meet People In Many Ways Our Lives Are Easier And Convenient But What Price Do We Pay For This Convenience Habits Of The High Tech Heart Addresses The Major Drawbacks To The Network Computerization Of Our Society And The Growing Tendency To Substitute Technology And Innovation For Morality And Virtue Quentin Schultze Argues That The Cyber Revolution Is A Mythology Of Progress That Is Fueled By Informationism, A Quasi Religious Faith That Falsely Assumes Information Itself Can Improve Our Lives Cyberculture Assumes A Technical Solution To Every Problem It Breeds Individualism At The Cost Of Community And Values Speed, Efficiency, And Convenience Over Quality, Morality, And VirtueThe Solution, Schultze Argues, Is Not To Dismantle Our Growing Technologies But To Pay Attention To The Habits Of The Heart As Described By Alexis De Tocqueville And Made Popular By Robert Bellah And His Colleagues In Habits Of The Heart Discernment, Moderation, Wisdom, Humility, Authenticity, And Diversity These Habits, Which Embody The Wisdom Of The Past And The Virtue And Morality Of The Judeo Christian Tradition, Must Reshape Our Understanding Of Digital Technology Greatly Influenced By The Insights Of V Clav Havel, Schultze Calls For A Renewal Of Community And Offers Readers Ways To Live By Habits Of The Heart In The Information AgeHabits Of The High Tech Heart Is A Provocative And Engaging Book That Will Foster Dialogue Among Philosophers, Theologians, Technology Experts, And All Those Concerned With The Impact Technology Has Had On Our Society And While It Is Both Comprehensive And Scholarly, Habits Of The High Tech Heart Is Engaging And Accessible Enough For The Thoughtful Lay Reader Don t know about this one Can t disagree with its basic thesis information technology is not a neutral technology, but affects our understanding of what we mean by community, relationship, etc But the book proceeds by assertion and quotation than by argument E.g on p192, Wendell Berry, Jacques Ellul, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Dorothy Day, and Ivan Illich are all enlisted for quotations of one sentence at most But there isn t any real discussion of the reasons these worthy people might have had for saying what they did, in context, or of the reasons why one might or might not agree with them It s an important topic and this book starts a conversation but doesn t finish it. Nice ideas but dense and hard to read. It has given me a macro view of the influence of computers, technology, and the internet on our culture. All who work in digital media should read this and reflect on how it s changing your communication and reflection habits. Using this as a source for researchnot sure how much it will help, but we ll see Half way through this book and I m just hoping wishing it s got a lot of good ground to cover before I m through and realize I ve just wasted my precious time on this.So far, it happens to be rather dated and mostly focused on questions how rapidly technology adoption is, how messianic the next great thing seems to be billed as, etc No earth shattering analysis, thoughts, or philosophies have surfaced yetJust finished this book I would suggest that if you find this book particularly dry at the beginning, skip ahead into Chapter 6 7 and get to the meat. Consider this the other shoe to drop amidst a culture that so often praises and exhorts the new technologies coming down the way Avoiding extremism and empty rhetoric, Schultze offers a provocative account of the failings of modern technology and our obsessions with that technology to afford us with virtuous or morally robust lives as human persons Additionally, Schultze draws from an enormous array of sources and points of moral wisdom to invite us back to a life that puts technology in its place Seen as an entrance into extended thinking on the topic of technology in our daily lives, this book is excellent, offering a myriad of important insights that demand further contemplation and discussion.
Quentin J Schultze PhD, University of Illinois is Arthur H DeKruyter Chair and professor of communication arts and sciences at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan He is also distinguished professor at Spring Arbor University Schultze has been quoted in major media including the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, US News World Report, the New York Times, Fortune, the Chicago Tribune, a
- Habits of the High-Tech Heart: Living Virtuously in the Information Age
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