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Hello, I must be going.

I like brevity. If you haven’t noticed I like to keep these posts short and to the point and that is why I was surprised to see that Twitter had decided to remove the 140 Character limit from their direct messages. While this only holds true for private messages it seems to be a step in the right direction. A quote that I keep up on my wall says, “Keep things simple but never more simple than they are” and it seems like this 140 character limit makes us trim all branches from the tree of our conversation leaving a trunk that looks more like a post than a tree. That’s not to say that there isn’t a place for concise writing but there seemed to be such a race to embrace the 140 character limit that all nuance was sacrificed on the altar of technological progress leaving us with discourse brought down to hello and goodbye. Perhaps we will begin to re-examine the effects of technology on how we live and relate to each other and the world around us and see that everything can’t be reduced to 140 characters.

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Our Facebook, which art in the cloud

In the Harper’s Index there was a statement about the amount of people who had made a purchase on their mobile devices while at a funeral. This got me to thinking about the role of technology in our spiritual lives and it made me ask, is Facebook the new form of prayer? Like prayer when we post we are putting ourselves out to a larger force hoping for at least recognition and at best some affirmation of what we are stating. Perhaps we see being liked as a step to some social salvation. As 20% of people under 30 don’t proclaim to belong to an organized religion – is it possible that Facebook has become the communication with another possibly higher power that they are looking for?

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