Category: Technology

Sabbath and soil

Years ago, when I first studied Isaiah 58, I found its call to honor the Sabbath mingled with the call to do away with violence and injustice odd. I suppose that I had grown up thinking of Sabbath-keeping as a...

/ December 5, 2018

video killed the #1 burger joint in the country

This is a really sad story that I think is ultimately about power, technology, and the way in which media shapes our understanding of ourselves and the world around us: In my office, I have a coffee mug from Stanich’s...

/ November 27, 2018

“The FDA’s Mango-Flavored Trolley Problem”

Don’t you just love that headline? These competing concerns leave the FDA trying to thread a particularly tricky needle: How do they get these products into the hands of the people who need them, while keeping them away from people...

/ November 16, 2018

we need a twenty-first century Comstock

Helen Andrews is at The Hedgehog Review with a review of a book on Anthony Comstock and censorship, subtly calling for a new Comstock for our brave new world of pornography: The problem of pornography has never been worse than it...

/ November 14, 2018

even surgeons agree: we hate EMRs!

Atul Gawande jumps on the anti-EMR bandwagon, and it’s a very satisfying read: There’s a techno-optimist view of how this story will unfold. Big technology companies are already circling to invest in IKS Health. They see an opportunity for artificial...

/ November 13, 2018

“making human life safe for human beings”

This is a fine essay by James Poulos on the failure of “mass enlightenment” to occur via technology and the urge of the institutional elites to add more technology to fix the problem: On those premises, the internet arose. By...

/ November 9, 2018

colonizing Mars won’t be nearly as exciting as we think

Micah Meadowcroft is in top form with this essay at The New Atlantis about the letdown that colonizing Mars could be: Consider your place in our interplanetary future. Let us speculate. Suppose that SpaceX or some similar enterprise has succeeded,...

/ November 7, 2018

where Foucault and the Apostle Paul meet

This interview with Alan Jacobs is full of all the things I love to think about! The new book has an “Interlude,” in which you point to “other pilgrims, other paths,” and one of the figures is Dorothy Day, an icon...

/ October 29, 2018

“Nothing can take form except within limits.”

Wendell Berry summarizes many of our contemporary problems quite well in this excellent interview with Gracy Olmstead: Those problems could be summed up as the triumph of industrialism and industrial values over the lives of living creatures, and over the...

/ October 9, 2018

why are we still using faxes in the 21st century, anyway?

Ilana Yurkiewicz looks at the ugly world of health records and how one of her patients kept getting harmed by the lack of information sharing: While most hospitals in the United States today use electronic health records, they remain disparate,...

/ October 4, 2018