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Saturday, October 31, 2009

How Will New Devices and Always On Internet Effect the Church?

This article talks about the paradigm shift that is happening in media especially with the advent of the iPhone and that the fact that for many they no longer "log on" to the internet but are "on continuously". That really is a seismic shift. If (more like when) Apple releases a tablet, the author is predicting another seismic shift.

I continue to wonder how the church can use these technological shifts to engage people -- be a catalyst for their spiritual lives and help them connect to God. I see technological changes as opportunities for the church.

Apple's Tablet PC Will Reinvent Computing | Newsweek Daniel Lyons | Techtonic Shifts | Newsweek.com:
"I have no idea what the 'new news' will look like, but I know it will arrive. Look at how people have turned their creativity loose on the iPhone. In just 16 months, thousands of developers have created 85,000 applications for that device. The same will happen with tablets. These powerful devices with constant Internet access will enable us (and force us) to rethink media. What is a newspaper? What is a book? What is a movie? What is entertainment? Somewhere out there, the Orson Welles of the digital age is in grade school, or maybe high school. Soon he or she will be inventing a new language for telling stories. I can't wait to see what it looks like."

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