Habits of the High-Tech Heart: Living Virtuously in the Information Age


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"Technological progress invariably produces moral quandaries," says Dr. Quentin Schultze in his highly acclaimed new book, Habits of the High-Tech Heart: Living Vi rtuously in the Information Age. Hardly at Luddite, the Calvin College professor of communication entered cyberspace nearly 20 years ago, and helped launch in the 1995 the most popular religious website in the world: www.gospelcom.net. He now fears that t he unmitigated explosion in "instant communication" is unraveling the moral fabric of society. People are losing their capacity to listen respectfully and to speak clearly and honestly. He argues that we don’t need more streaming text on T V talk shows and news broadcasts, more blaring television monitors in airports or more unsolicited emails. Instead we should seek virtues, such as wisdom, moderation, authenticity and discernment. Otherwise we will become a nation of high-tech fools.

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