A roundup of interesting, thought-provoking, and fun content on the internet from recent weeks.
• 15 Questions to ask when using Social Media – There are many advantages to social media: worldwide connectivity, instant news updates, growing friendships, and most importantly, you daily does of funny cat pictures and videos of babies laughing . But is constantly using Social Media good for us? More importantly, how can we obey the Great Commandment to love God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength while using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+? (If you are one of the few people who use Google+ 😉
• The Innovation of Loneliness – a central problem of the modern world, according to many thinkers, is that we are lonely. And although you might think that technology is helping solve the problem, bridging the gaps between people and helping us connect, many say that it’s doing exactly the opposite, isolating us in our own little worlds, driving us further apart, and making us more and more lonely. That’s the central thought of this excellent video:
• Holy Infographics: the Bible visualised - ‘God is in the detail’ – the expression may have been overshadowed by the newer ‘the devil is in the detail’ but for some people the original idiom still holds true. Scholars have been visualising the holy texts for years but recently, they’ve taken a turn towards data. Here are some of the most interesting biblical visualisations we’ve found.
• Christians are being thrown to the lions again: Archbishop Justin Welby’s choice of the word ‘martyrs’ to describe the 81 Pakistani Christians killed when their church in Peshawar was targeted by suicide bombers has raised eyebrows. It is the sort of language avoided nowadays in the secular, sceptical West, with its taken for granted religious freedoms, in case it makes people feel uncomfortable.
• How to read way more books (and, thus, know way more stuff) – While many problems are new to 2013, most are quite old, like having a meaningful career or being able to do our best work. So if we want to be able to address our various ignorance, we need to hack our days to get more knowledge – which is another way of saying read a ton of books!
• Around the World in 29 sandwiches – No more description is needed.