Over the past few years, I have debated whether to generate a website devoted to my writing and ideas.
For one, I have spent most of my adult life resisting the uncritical advancement of technology. I limit television watching. I did not own a personal computer until the year 2000. Up until last year, I did not use a mobile phone. I only recently signed up on Facebook.
There are now two things that mediate all of human relationships and social interaction: money and technology. As I have resolved to engage the world and not simply retreat from it, I must concede much at this point
The Internet is rapidly changing our social structures and interaction. It remains an open question as to the value of this change. It certainly is transforming the way information is being disseminated. It gives the chance for all kinds of voices to be heard, ones that in earlier times would have been muted. On the other hand, it has created a situation in which the deluge of information and ideas nearly snuffs out society’s ability to critically assess and sort through the utility and value of them. It is as Jacque Ellul predicted in his book The Technological Bluff; too much information becomes disinformation.
In a lot of ways, the Internet has simply created a situation where everyone is speaking but few are listening and where few of us can sustain an hour of quite concentrated reading without distraction. At times, then, I wonder whether yet another website will simply add to the tower of Babel the written word has become. Is this just about my own self-promotion, a glorified Facebook, or do I dare believe that I have something to offer? It is a mixture for sure.
I have set the following goals or perimeters for the site: