Technology Giveth; Technology Taketh Away
The line at the end of this paragraph is brilliant, brilliant! Thank you Lev Grossman of Time! This is a truth I’m convinced our generation of Bible students and pastors must get, or we’ll miss out on true riches.
[Google] Wave isn’t actually an e-mail killer. In practice, it’s more like an insanely rich IM client. E-mail is asynchronous; you can wait an hour or (if you are, like me, a bad person) a week to answer it. But because Wave operates in real time, it demands immediate attention like an IM or a phone call or, for that matter, a crying baby. When Wave is up, it’s hard to focus on anything else. That isn’t a defect, but it does narrow the scope of its usefulness. Getting more information right away isn’t always the most efficient way to work.
Having 250 potential articles and excerpts fed to you by Logos’ Passage Guide is helpful only if you can maintain your focus on the question you originally asked. Sure, I enjoy the serendipity of running across a neat article on “Linguistics” while reading a dictionary article on “Love.” But rabbit trails lead to Rome just as surely as roads do! Follow that cute little bounding animal, and before you know it you’re standing in a 3-D Coliseum and your wife is saying it’s time for dinner. Your study time is done, and you never read a lick about love.