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The Internet Blues


What sort of window are you looking through? For the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

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Does everything seem to be falling apart? Ready to head for the hills? Maybe that calls for less time on the Internet. Writing at his blog—which, ironically, is on the internet—the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission’s Samuel James argues the Internet alters the way we think, causing us to look at the world with more fear, hatred, or foreboding than our actual surroundings warrant.

“A dive in to social media,” he warns, “will lead you to believe that the world is a terrible place to live right now. Everything, from the littlest of impolite slights to the most difficult issues of human justice, is magnified with unending intensity on the screen.” Yet visit a city park or a library, and the people there “talk normally, seem relatively calm, maybe even kind.”

Bad news and rude comments online aren’t the whole story. As Samwise Gamgee says in “The Two Towers,” “There’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo.” Sometimes we’ve got to look up from our screens to notice.



Further Reading

The Slough of Internet Despond
Samuel James | August 16, 2016


Comments:

It is quite true there is good in the world. And I suggest you look on the screen and take notice.
Do we have to have all these How Evil The Internet Is articles? The internet has given me access to friendships I would never have "face to face" simply because there are not all that many that live near me that I have common ground with. It gives me access to learning which I could not be able to get otherwise for much less then it is worth.

The internet is not "unreal" nor is it sinister, or evil or a massive corruption of our youth(who did not need the internet to be corrupted). It is just different. And it is perfectly "real".

Oh and coffeeshops are where the type of people that go on the internet hang out. Just for the record.




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