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The IPO (initial public offering) of Facebook stock has not gone as planned. The market value of the shares turned out to be substantially beneath what the owners had hoped and believed. Worse, the value of those shares continues to decline rather than to increase. As I am writing, some pundits are discussing the possibility that the social media site might just die, and a few are even wondering whether its passing will kill the so-called “tech bubble.”

The prospect of a world without Facebook is one that I can face with equanimity. In fact, I have already dealt with this issue. Some months back, I canceled my Facebook account. I have not missed it.

To be fair, I should confess that I was never one of Facebook’s most avid users. When I had an account, I would go weeks and sometimes months without logging in to see whether I had any messages or if someone had written on my wall. I routinely deleted any email notices that came from Facebook. To me, the whole thing was more a bother and even an annoyance than anything.

Not that I didn’t have friends. Quite the contrary. I was being followed by hundreds (or was it thousands?) of people whom I did not know and would not have recognized if I had met them on the street. In fact, looking at my list of friends became a weird experience as I found myself wondering, “Who are these people and why are they watching me?”

Sure, I could have dropped them from the list. In fact, I could have rejected their friend requests at the outset. But that always seemed rude, like answering the phone and then just hanging up.

It was fun to be able to see the doings of loved ones and old acquaintances. Even that, however, felt too much like prying. At the cognitive level I knew that these people posted only those things that they were willing to allow others to see. I also knew, however, that they rarely or never had me in particular in their minds when they posted these things. It just felt too much like reading somebody else’s diary or mail.

In short, I came to believe that Facebook diminished my ability to treat people with respect. The fact that they had consented to this disrespectful peering into their lives gave me little consolation. In my own mind and sensibilities, I was subjecting these people to degradation.

By saying these things, I am not trying to make judgments about others who use Facebook and similar social media. That is why I am talking so much about how Facebook felt to me and how I came to perceive it rather than making statements about what it is. I am not arguing that others should cancel their accounts. I am just explaining why I canceled mine.

It’s not that I’m anti-technology. A telephone represents technology. A radio broadcast represents technology. The problem (for me) with Facebook is that it felt like putting the content of a very personal telephone call into a radio broadcast. For me to use Facebook called for an element of exhibitionism that I simply do not enjoy. Not everything needs to be public.

What Facebook does is to provide tabloid news coverage for every person (again, I’m not suggesting that everyone uses Facebook this way, but it does happen regularly). In other words, it allows every user a small sphere within which she or he can act like a celebrity. To some extent, the medium probably fosters this attitude by inviting users to state their likes and dislikes up front, and then to broadcast the trivia of their lives. Facebook is an opportunity to put one’s self on display.

That is just what I was tired of doing. When I became president of Central Seminary, I discovered two surprising perspectives. The first is that one encounters powerful pressures to equate the Lord’s work with institutional success—there is little place for sacrificing institutional priorities for the greater good. The second is that, for an agency president, institutional promotion begins to look very much like self-promotion.

The identity of the institution comes to be tied to the identity of its leader. The greater the power and visibility of the leader, the greater the power and visibility of the institution. If the leader can gain celebrity status, then the institution gains celebrity status. Among parachurch organizations, this kind of celebrity is the holy grail.

Some versions of Christianity have been more susceptible to the cult of celebrity than others. Take the varieties of Baptist fundamentalism as an example. Regular Baptists have been among the least susceptible because they have emphasized the importance of little men organizing around great ideas. Those branches of Baptist fundamentalism that came out of the Conservative Baptist Movement have been more susceptible because they are accustomed to being led by big men. The branches of Baptist fundamentalism that trace themselves to the ministry of J. Frank Norris have been led by Really Big Men, and consequently they are most prone to create and follow celebrities.

For myself, I despise the cult of celebrity in all its forms. We can never bring glory to God by making ourselves impressive. Yet I always felt that this is exactly what I was being pushed to do when I was president of Central Seminary (to be fair, my predecessor found a way to avoid this dynamic, and perhaps if I had been a more perspicacious leader I could have, too). This was one of the reasons that I eventually left the presidency: I did not want to be a celebrity and I did not want to be treated like one. I just wanted to minister to people.

Even the very small celebrity of a Facebook account is too much for me. The notion that I could have hundreds or thousands of “friends” who are following my private musings and the personal details of my life is too preposterous for me to accept. I know that I struggle with pride, and I have even been told that I am arrogant, but to put myself on display in this way requires more hubris than I can muster.

Again, I am not making any judgments about what anybody else should do. I do see the values of this particular social medium, and I do not fault anyone for wishing to take advantage of those values. For me, however, the personal liabilities were simply too great.

And don’t even get me started on Twitter.

How Great the Goodness Kept in Store
The Psalter, 1912
Psalm 31:19-24

How great the goodness kept in store
For those who fear thee and adore
In meek humility.
How great the deeds with mercy fraught
Which openly thy hand has wrought
For those who trust in thee.

Secured by thine unfailing grace,
In thee they find a hiding place
When foes their plots devise;
A sure retreat thou wilt prepare,
And keep them safely sheltered there,
When strife of tongues shall rise.

Blest be the Lord, for he has showed,
While giving me a safe abode,
His love beyond compare;
Although his face he seemed to hide,
He ever heard me when I cried,
And made my wants his care.

Ye saints, Jehovah love and serve,
For he the faithful will preserve,
And shield from men of pride;
Be strong, and let your hearts be brave,
All ye that wait for him to save,
In God the Lord confide.

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insightful statement

this statement is full of insight. thx.

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What Facebook does is to provide tabloid news coverage for every person (again, I’m not suggesting that everyone uses Facebook this way, but it does happen regularly). In other words, it allows every user a small sphere within which she or he can act like a celebrity.

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The cure for vanity

I've seen a few people use FB in a way that I personally would consider to be inappropriate- the airing of private family or church business, spreading gossip, or just plain silliness. But before FB we had email, and before email we had that devilish invention known as the telephone. We've also had the cult of celebrity going full steam ahead for decades. Thank you very much, Sword of the Lord. Should we now dispense with books, newsletters, and other publications? Don't we WANT people to read good, solid teaching and counsel from good, Godly men and women? Is it our responsibility if their circulation numbers, printing runs, or friends list goes to their heads? Would eliminating these avenues of 'notoriety' cure their vanity?

Our character issues always seem to find a venue for expression. New technologies, IMO, simply give us new ways to test our character. Can we use FB, Twitter, blogs, and other networks to communicate in helpful and meaningful ways? Yes.

Then let's do that.

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I get what Kevin is saying. However, writing books, speaking at conferences, etc. still has the same celebrity-making results. It is not necessarily bad, if handled rightly, but it is still there. (I am looking forward to reading Kevin's book on Baptist distinctives because of what I know of Kevin).

I know that it's not the same level as Facebook, but having an article posted on SI is really not much different than posting it on Facebook (different levels of audience, but still there).

As a part of the GARBC, I guess I would argue that we drive towards celebrity. We stack events (camps, rallys, retreats) with "big names" in hopes to draw people. It may not match the Norris or Hyles level of hype, but it is very present from what I can see.

Good thoughts, as always, from Kevin.

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First, your comments ring familiar with many of a similar age to you. It seems that those in the 50 to 60 age struggle with the transparency that 20Somethings do not. Second, it appears you did not create a purpose to what you would accomplish with you account. If it was truly to be personal then you should never have allowed it to grow to the size of hundreds or thousands. That is what a fan page (hate the term) would be most beneficial for. The sad thing on that is you could be missing the opportunity to influence and positively impact hundreds through an incredible communication tool.

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On the IPO

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The IPO (initial public offering) of Facebook stock has not gone as planned.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Graham ]Benjamin Graham , the father of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Value_investing ]value investing and author of http://www.amazon.com/The-Intelligent-Investor-Definitive-Investing/dp/0... ]The Intelligent Investor , recommends against buying into IPOs

He has a chapter on IPOs - http://beginnersinvest.about.com/od/investmentbanking/a/aa073106a.htm this link explains his view:

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Benjamin Graham, the father of value investing and much of modern security analysis, recommended in his treatise The Intelligent Investor, investors steer clear of all initial public offerings. The reason? During an IPO, the previous owners are attempting to raise capital for expanding the business, cash out their interest for estate planning, or any other myriad of reasons that all result in one thing: a premium price that offers little chance for buying your stake at a discount. Often, he argued, some hiccup in the business will cause the stock price to collapse within a few years, giving the value minded investor an opportunity to load up on the company he or she admires

Basically the value investor just doesn't know enough about the value of a stock at IPO time.

Facebook, the company, has the cards stacked against the investor.

http://articles.latimes.com/2012/may/20/business/la-fi-hiltzik-20120517

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So, against all odds, you managed to get your hands on a few shares of Facebook stock via one of the most hyped initial public offerings of all time and managed to survive its messy first day of trading.

Congratulations. You're now married to Mark Zuckerberg.

The 28-year-old company founder is today one of the most deeply-entrenched chief executives in American business. Thanks to a two-class stock structure, Zuckerberg will own about 28% of Facebook but control 57% of all shareholder votes. To put it simply, he can do whatever he wants with Facebook, and you, the shareholder, don't have a say — not even if you team up with every other outside shareholder in the company. You can't veto a decision or vote down his choice of board members.

Even after the epic fail of the IPO ... today the stock is tradinga at $ 27.

The PE ratio is almost seventy! http://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=fb&ql=1

Better buys for the value investor: http://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=KO&ql=1 ]KO , http://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=mcd&ql=1 ]MCD , and http://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=KMB&ql=0 ]KMB . (People are still buying Cokes with their McDonalds and wiping their faces with paper napkins!)

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Value in Facebook

Paul J wrote:
...it appears you did not create a purpose to what you would accomplish with you account. If it was truly to be personal then you should never have allowed it to grow to the size of hundreds or thousands. That is what a fan page (hate the term) would be most beneficial for. The sad thing on that is you could be missing the opportunity to influence and positively impact hundreds through an incredible communication tool.

I agree with Paul. Dr. Bauder does not seem to have really found a rhythm in the way he used Facebook—which is understandable. It took me quite a while to do so. In the last six months, I have really re-thought what I do with my page. I do not, for instance, list what I ate for lunch or other goofy stuff, but instead use it as more of a ministry/professional tool. It is also a great way to communicate, and in that way can be nearly as valuable as e-mail. We have also had good success with the https://www.facebook.com/whitcombministries ]Whitcomb Ministries Facebook page .

In the same light, I keep up with a whole list of colleges, seminaries, media ministries and other Christian organizations on my Facebook page.

Not that I don't also enjoy the silly stuff from other people—even though I don't post it myself anymore very much. I think it's very neat that I can connect daily with all kinds of friends from college and high school who I might not otherwise have ever seen or heard from again.

It really comes down to your purpose and intent in using it. Dr. Bauder, for instance, could have chosen to post a great quote or thought every day rather than closing the account.

The views I express are purely my own. However, I am happy to promote the great ministries with which I work: I minister for www.SermonAudio.com/Whitcomb. I do freelance writing for www.RegularBaptistPress.org. I speak through www.IMISOS.org.

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Takes time

It does take time to figure out how you want to use FB. I started using it just to stay in touch with distant family and friends. But once I became an active blogger, and the homeschool forum I frequented for 10 years converted to FB pages, I began viewing it as a networking tool.

Our family has a private FB page that we use to send each other messages and reminders during the day, especially to Mr. Raber.

I also use it to stay up-to-date with various publications and blogs instead of subscribing via email. My inbox thanks me.

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Facebook: Be Your Own

Facebook: Be Your Own Paparazzi

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Hannah, that made me laugh.

Hannah, that made me laugh. Biggrin Thank you!

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First, your comments ring familiar with many of a similar age to you. It seems that those in the 50 to 60 age struggle with the transparency that 20Somethings do not.

Posting thoughts is not necessarily a valuable demonstration of humility and transparency. I would counter that it's always "transparency" that the 20somethings are demonstrating. Just as often, it is a lack of discernment and a lack of discretion. The reticence of the 50s and 60s is not necessarily a "struggle" to be transparent. Often, it is the wisdom of knowing that not every thought needs to be emptied onto the computer screen.

Susan is right: deciding how and if to use FB takes time. I think we can let Dr. B decide how best to invest the few hours he has in a day to be as effective for God's purposes as he can be. While some would appreciate his posting thoughts on FB, he readily shares his thoughts every week through "In the Nick of Time" articles, developing arguments differently than he could through abbreviated FB posts.

More of us could benefit by stopping to consider whether we're using FB wisely and intentionally, whether the time we spend there is a wise use of the moments we have.

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Susan R wrote: Our character

Susan R wrote:

Our character issues always seem to find a venue for expression. New technologies, IMO, simply give us new ways to test our character. Can we use FB, Twitter, blogs, and other networks to communicate in helpful and meaningful ways? Yes.

Then let's do that.

Amen...well said.

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MClark wrote: Hannah, that

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Hannah, that made me laugh. Biggrin Thank you!
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First, your comments ring familiar with many of a similar age to you. It seems that those in the 50 to 60 age struggle with the transparency that 20Somethings do not.

Posting thoughts is not necessarily a valuable demonstration of humility and transparency. I would counter that it's always "transparency" that the 20somethings are demonstrating. Just as often, it is a lack of discernment and a lack of discretion. The reticence of the 50s and 60s is not necessarily a "struggle" to be transparent. Often, it is the wisdom of knowing that not every thought needs to be emptied onto the computer screen.

Yes,

When I read the transparency comment, as a 41 year old, I thought the same thing. I think what is taken as transperancy is sometimes nothing but a lack of a personal filter - maybe mixed with a little egocentricity.

Why is it that my voice always seems to be loudest when I am saying the dumbest things?

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Another perspective...

Here's another perspective. It's a little old...a little dated, perhaps. But the points he makes are still valid.
http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/taste-see-articles/why-and-h...

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Another persective

Proverbs 25:11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.

Proverbs 10:19a In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin...
Maybe Twitter can be practice in communicating truths in a clear, concise manner. Biggrin

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Transparency

20Somethings do live a more transparent life with many factors play into this, filter or lack there of is one. But many other things also play into this, they live a more communal life, are more comfortable leveraging technology and are less affected by shame then someone 50. I'm 57 and spend most of my life with 20Somethings so have become a student of this emerging generation and have wrestled through the differences. One of the things that make me uncomfortable sometimes the the transparency or venerability that comes out in conversations. This is the generation that grew-up in a single parent home and came home to an empty house, they are the most abused and addicted generation to date. I for one find the change refreshing though uncomfortable at times.

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Techno-Homeschooler

Susan R wrote:
It does take time to figure out how you want to use FB. I started using it just to stay in touch with distant family and friends. But once I became an active blogger, and the homeschool forum I frequented for 10 years converted to FB pages, I began viewing it as a networking tool.

Our family has a private FB page that we use to send each other messages and reminders during the day, especially to Mr. Raber.

I also use it to stay up-to-date with various publications and blogs instead of subscribing via email. My inbox thanks me.

The technologically backward Little-House-on-the-Prairie homeschool family is an unfortunate (and wrong) stereotype. Kudos to you for making such good use of a resource.

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Transparency, and a note to Bro. Charlie

There has definitely been a shift in how individuals and families deal with problems. In my mom's day, it seems that EVERYTHING was swept under the rug due to embarrassment, shame, misguided ideas of family loyalty, etc... The stories she tells me now that nearly everyone she knew is dead...yikes.

Then the age of the tell-all talk show hit, with no problem too small or too shameful. Facebook did not start that particular snowball rolling down the hill- IMO we have Oprah Winfrey, Montel Williams, and Jerry Springer to thank for that. However and in my opinion, some good came from it- those who had been misused and abused no longer felt so compelled to hide what had been done to them, which removes some of the weight of intimidation with which bad guys once manipulated their victims. Women who would not go to the doctor for serious illness are less afraid to go for regular tests and screenings. Even men seem more likely to set aside their guy pride and go to the doc for a check up. Who needs to die of colon/pancreatic/prostate cancer when it can be quickly diagnosed and treated?

Glass half full.

I think the information age will reach an equilibrium. Now that the 'wow' factor has mellowed out, it seems to me that more people are focusing on purposeful uses of technology, instead of treating it like the All-You-Can-Eat-Buffet at the Golden Corral.

@ Bro. Charlie- thank you for the kind words. When my kids were little, most of my homeschool support came from friends I made online. I have homeschool mentors and buddies that I will never meet IRL that taught and listened and shared with me. I just can't bring myself to feel an aversion to the internet or social networking. Plus, have you seen all the FREE STUFF you can get online! http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys.php ][img ]http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-shocked004.gif[/img ]

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Facebook for Witnessing and Discipleship

Like anything else, Facebook can be used or abused. We have a teenage girl in our church who uses Facebook as an excellent witnessing tool. She will often post a verse or words to a Christian song. I have also used it to witness to a member of my wife's extended family who asked a spiritual question after she had been in contact with my wife about a canning question (my wife and I have a combined facebook account and she uses it more than I do). I also post a link to my Christian blog each time I make a new entry and I pray that some have grown by what they have read. (this has led to dialog with another family member who now better understands what sort of fundamentalism we ascribe to). I have also gotten in contact with an old class mate who had some spiritual questions that I was able to answer for him. These are just the things that I remember off the top of my head. Many spiritual conversations that would not have occurred in person have happened on our facebook account.

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Susan Is Right

Susan's point that any technological venue can provide a place for demonstration of character or lack thereof is spot on. The fact is, Facebook will phase out of the mainstream over the next 5 - 7 years and be replaced with something newer and flashier.
I already hear comments by students that Facebook is for old people. By that they mean those of us in our 30's....

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Susan R wrote: I also use it

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I also use it to stay up-to-date with various publications and blogs instead of subscribing via email. My inbox thanks me.

FB is not entirely reliable for this purpose unless you stay active on the FB page in question (likes / comments). It may start to filter out and not show you every blog post. I have had people who "like" my FB blog page not get my new posts in their feed.

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technically true

Sure, any technology can be abused, but surely some media (the technology under discussion) are more prone to abuse than others. Perhaps some media even encourage (strongly?) such abuses? (I'm talking hypothetically here so we can set aside our fb addictions, er, predilections. :bigsmile: )

Take letter writing. Surely it is less prone to the abuses of facebook. The work alone required in writing single letters and sending them out discourages at least some of the abuses mentioned here.

And will there be a difference in the way children who have been raised in a society that makes such heavy a use of social media view personal relationships? It seems to me that the range of gestures of emotion (especially in personal interactions) are likely to be greatly reduced in a society where the like button is the chiefest tool of affirmation.

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Tradeoffs

David,

It might be useful to talk about different media tradeoffs. So, let's take letter writing and facebook.

Letters are certainly more intimate, from sender to receiver, for your eyes only. Their physical medium makes them more permanent, if the receiver cares to keep them. They can be don't require internet access, a password, or a subscription; they will never bombard you with (mis)targeted advertisements. The page layout will never rearrange without warning. Yes, there are a lot of things to love about letters.

But there are a lot of things to love about Facebook. Above all is the connectivity. I'm keeping up friendships in various degrees with people from high school and college that otherwise would have completely dissolved. With a few friends, I keep up a pretty regular correspondence, so it feels almost as if we live down the street from each other, even though we're scattered around the country. Beyond that, I've met a handful of people through FB that I started talking to and eventually met in person; I'm grateful for the tool that let me begin those friendships. Facebook is also nearly instant, so I can have a conversation with someone without waiting days for letters to slog back and forth. No stamps! No trips to the post office! Also, I like being able to see pictures of my friends, their kids, their new houses, etc. Many of them live far away, so realistically, it's FB or nothing.

The most important thing to remember, though, is that it's not FB vs. any form of communication. There's no antagonism. No one has to choose one and only one vehicle of communication. We can traverse multiple vehicles, choosing each one for its strengths, minimizing weaknesses through judicious combination.

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I agree there is trade off.

I agree there is trade off. My opinion is that we lose more than we gain with fb, especially given that the immediacy you point to (or so it seems to me) will likely prompt users to give fb (or a similar medium) disproportionate attention. But again, my opinion.

I will say that I have a friend to whom I write letters, although I cheat and use email. We keep our email conversations distinct from our "letter" correspondence though. Much longer missive, no immediate responses, no quoting the other to respond, and no more than one a week. Retains many good aspect of letter writing without spending a stamp. Although when he moves back to the states, I may actually put pen to paper.

I'm not aruguing for some prohibition of facebook or anything, but it just seems that certain things tend to degrade our culture. That's sad.

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Trade off

Trade offs are in the eye of the beholder. If someone is 'too lazy' to write a letter, but will stay in touch via social networking because it doesn't require much effort, I think the character flaw is still with the person, not the technology. They are also probably slothful in other areas of their lives if they find pen to paper exhausting.

What about typed letters? Is it a bad thing to type a personal letter instead of handwriting it? If not, then what's the different between typing an email and typing on paper other than an envelope and the price of a stamp?

I think folks that are thoughtful corresponders don't degrade because the tech changed.

I will agree that some things lend themselves to abuse. When's the last time someone ate too much salad? Drank too much V-8? Spent too much time studying Scripture? Why not dispense with Cheetos, Snickers, Cokes, pulp magazines and fiction? Would people become healthier and more spiritual?

Not when their underlying character issues are the real problem. It's been said that everyone has a price tag, and it's true because at some point, we can be bought- by money, desire, vanity... Unless we constantly strengthen our moral fiber and guard our hearts, our flesh will find a weak spot and exploit it.

Cultures degrade regardless- the Greeks and Romans managed to trash their society just fine with so much as a calculator.

I wonder if there was speculation about the dangers of the abacus. Blum 3

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Cultures degrade, yes, but

Cultures degrade, yes, but not regardless. Cultures also rise. I don't know if the bell curve is the defualt of progression or not, I'm not an expert. But to lay all this at the door of human nature misses something, or else we could trace an ever descending plotline from Eden until today. I don't think that's the case. So the question becomes, why do cultures rise? Surely not because of the inherent nobility of the people (see the various expressions of point T in TULIP). What is it, then, about some cultures that enobles their inhabitants vs. those that degrade?

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Hmmm...

Cultures are created by people living together and agreeing on certain values, so I think cultures do rise and fall on human nature. Those who choose to be noble, to value life and family, to follow God's principles (even if they don't follow 'Jesus Christ' per se) will create a more successful culture.(Romans 2:14) In my humble opinion, of course.

I'm a bit cynical about dire warnings when a new technology hits the streets. We've been there with everything from the combustion engine, the conveyor belt, the radio, the telephone, the Hellivision (haha) and now... The Internet! (cue organ music, da-da-da-da-DUM!). We've seen all these things bring forth both good and evil, because that is what people do. I explain it to my kids this way- I can sit in this nice comfy chair, or I can beat you to death with it. Either way, the chair didn't make the choice for me, nor did it by its presence tempt me to do so. It is one's own lack of self control that leads us to excess in any area of our lives.

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Interesting

So, in your opinion, do communication formats inherently impact thinking and behavior more than/less than/somewhat, but in ways different from, say, little play statuettes (Barbies)?

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Media

I believe that media affects the message to some degree- ie books vs audio/visual. But you are asking if I think format, as in digital words vs words on paper, impacts the actual thinking process itself, and then behavior- more than the message itself?

I don't think one can compare communication methods to little girls playing with anatomically correct dolls.

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the difference

I think fb and Barbie both tell us, in their way, that this is a/the way to be.

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I think fb and Barbie both tell us, in their way, that this is a/the way to be.

I don't see that about FB, unless you are talking about advertisements, etc... FB can be used in a variety of ways. It's how I use it that determines how it affects me, not the other way around. At least from my perspective.

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JG wrote:
Susan R wrote:
I also use it to stay up-to-date with various publications and blogs instead of subscribing via email. My inbox thanks me.

FB is not entirely reliable for this purpose unless you stay active on the FB page in question (likes / comments). It may start to filter out and not show you every blog post. I have had people who "like" my FB blog page not get my new posts in their feed.

There is a fix for this- go to a page you've Liked, and hover over the "Liked" link- you should see a drop down menu that, among other things, says "Show in news feed". Checkmark it if it isn't already, and you should start seeing the updates.

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Thanks, Susan

Didn't know that.

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Props to the GARB

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Regular Baptists have been among the least susceptible because they have emphasized the importance of little men organizing around great ideas.

Good to see this recognized. Though far from perfect, the GARBC has, thankfully, avoided becoming the platform for demagogues over the years.

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And here I thought

you just "de-friended" me. I was beginning to develop a complex...

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