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These four technological mediums—print, image, telegraph, and telephone—each uniquely transform an aspect of our lives.

Print transforms our thinking, images transform our feeling, telegraphs transform our informing, and phones transform our relating.

What do we get when we combine text, images, information access, and direct human-to-human connection? The answer is the most powerfully transformative technological system humans have ever created. The Internet and all of the websites, laptops, smartphones, tablets, and so on that we use to share information and connect to one another are now an essential part of our culture, and they both reflect and inform our values.

– John Dyer, From the Garden to the City


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2 thoughts on “The Internet: 4 Mediums in 1”

  1. Oh my, you make it sound like it is a good thing. Media, print, socia, 24-hour, all has made for a downward spiral in relationships with people and with our God. Conservative evangelicals need to be very careful not be sucked into the chasm which is impersonal, shallow, half hearted communication.
    When did it morph from the great I Am to the mighty Ipod?
    By the way, I enjoy your blog on the internet.

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