Faith and Technology is a tenuous (at best) relationship. Many different theologians and Christian scholars don’t really know what to do with it. It’s not just the fringe facebook hating pastors that think it’s a tool of the devil. But, men and women who lead the church are uneasy about our connection (dare I say addiction?) to technology.
Well, singer-songwriter and white tshirt wearing Derek Webb has released a new album called “Ctrl” and it explores these ideas. He wrote about it on his tumblr here. Here Webb explains his album some:
i’ve said that Ctrl is a story about a man who can’t have what he most desperately wants because it isn’t real, the journey he goes on pursuing it, and the cost he pays for that journey. i’ve also said that the narrative is a metaphor for culture’s tenuous relationship with technology, the ways we use technology in an attempt to manage our relationships and control our lives, and how i’m concerned that that technology might wind up having more control over us.
And then later he says:
i hope the Ctrl+SOLA-MI album plays some small part in starting these conversations, along with the writing and speaking of people like sherry turkle and wendell berry (whom i commend to you). it’s not too late to slow down for a moment, disconnect, and look each other in the face, to make meaningful choices about the role we wish technology to play in our lives. some things simply take time and are worth our attention. i sincerely appreciate yours.
You can buy his new album directly from him here. Or you can go to the other outlets like itunes and Amazon.