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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Pope Concerned Technological Advances Confusing People

The Pope said technological advances and the media's reliance on images to convey messages may be confusing people. He said that images can become "independent of reality," leading people to an "indifference towards real life."

There have been several, recent stories regarding the misuse and pitfalls of emerging technology, most of which seem focused on divisive "leaders" like Glenn Beck, or the antics of groups such as those that hang-out at 4chan. There has also been a lot made of the supposed "disconnect" from real people, spurred by the immediacy of communications technologies -- namely, the Internet. Of course, there were similar fears when the printing press was invented, and millions of others use emerging technologies for more pedestrian reasons -- such as communicating with friends and family.

Certainly, sociological concerns are to be investigated, but not by the religiously-motivated.

© C Harris Lynn, 2010

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