Wednesday, May 06, 2009
Old Book; New Interview
Tim Challies interviews me regarding the changes in technology since the release of my book, The Soul in Cyberspace (Baker, 1997).
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Thanks, that was an insightful interview. I was especially intrigued by the question about who will succeed Postman and McLuhan. Schultz's book was a good suggestion. Have you read or heard about Shane Hipps? His two books are titled, "The Hidden Power of Electronic Culture: How Media Shapes Faith, the Gospel, and Church" and "Flickering Pixels: How Technology Shapes Your Faith". Although he has been associated with the "emergent" church, he nevertheless does a good job of critiquing postmodernism and his arguments are very intersting, definitely worth interacting with in my opinion. He leans heavily on McLuhan in some places and is good at surveying historical context as well.
Well done. An excellent interview about a wonderful book on a topic that is too often ignored. In the rush to embrace the "new," we neglect to apply discernment, much to our detriment.
I skimmed his first book, but didn't find anything new in it.
Hipps's blog called Rob Bell "a great thinker." So much for Hibbs.
I wrote an unpublished review of Shane Hipps book The Hidden Power of Electronic Culture for Christianity Today when it first came out. You're right, he pulls a lot from McLuhan--- so much so in fact that one might as well just read McLuhan himself! I wouldn't recommend it, along with why Doug said.
For what it's worth, the interview has been partly translated into Dutch and published with a backlink to the interview and a link to your book at Bol.com:
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