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iGods: How Technology Shapes Our Spiritual and Social Lives

iGods: How Technology Shapes Our Spiritual and Social Lives

by Craig Detweiler


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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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781587433443
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/19/2013
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 964,497
Product dimensions: 6.08(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

Craig Detweiler (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) 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, coauthor of A Matrix of Meanings, and editor of Halos and Avatars.

Table of Contents


Introduction: iGods
1. Defining Technology
2. Apple: Aesthetics First
3. A Brief History of the Internet
4. Amazon: Personalized Abundance
5. Google: Algorithmic Authority
6. A Brief History of Social Networking
7. Facebook: Authentic Frenemies
8. You Tube, Twitter, Instagram: Audience Participation
Conclusion: The Telos of Technology

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