Alone Together

Rev. Cliff WarnerCliffNotes

Sherry Turkle, in her book Alone Together, is concerned about what technology is doing to the self, to our understanding of what it means to be human. She writes, “We can write the Facebook profile that pleases us. We can edit our messages until they project the self we want to be. And we can keep things short and sweet.”

Turkle is not alone in her concern; the current issue of the Atlantic Monthly asks the question, “Is Facebook Making Us Lonely?” The Sunday Review in last week’s New York Times featured an article by Turkle entitled “The Flight from Conversation.”

I am not a Luddite. I have a laptop, smartphone, e-reader and would consider myself “wired.” This is not a wholesale question of whether technology is good or bad. We don’t need to put it all away, but we do need to put it in its place. We need to be aware of its dangers as well as its benefits and not let it pull us away from biblical vision of human personhood.

If you can take the time, read the articles linked above. If not, here are a few notes and quotes Christine took from Turkle’s New York Times article. Let’s cultivate the art of presence, the art of conversation, the grace of God in the midst of our unedited messy lives.