Old school is still cool

The Verge has written an interesting piece about how search capability in our digital age is forming a generational divide. While older folks still imagine stored information as a “nested” system of files and directories, younger people are visualizing data more like a “laundry basket”— you search for what you want when you need it. The idea that digital media is changing our habits and culture is well-documented, but we at Mad Mondays were contemplating what this might mean for the study of God’s Word. While the canon of Scripture is indeed a collection of works, containing everything we need for life and godliness, it is also a systematic proclamation of God’s works and his plan of salvation, with themes, patterns and echoes. 

Teaching our kids to read for understanding, storing the Word of God in their hearts, goes against the grain of our therapeutic culture, where leaders often take the “laundry basket” approach to Scripture, cherry picking things they can weaponize. But this is to deny the whole counsel of God. While we may not always have chapter and verse to hand, being in the Word is the only way to know what’s in the laundry basket! Pray that the Lord would magnify our desire for His Holy Word in our own hearts and those of our children

The New Yorker has published a story about the boom in demand for e-books during the pandemic. The article covers the tension between libraries and publishers over who owns electronic media. While e-books may have salvaged interest in libraries, the fix may end up being their undoing. If pricing of e-books and regulation around them continues on the current course, electronic books may soon be beyond the reach of libraries. Mad Christians certainly won’t mind if the demand for physical books endures— home libraries are a treasure for generations, not subject to file corruption or lost when the grid fails. 

Many may have forgotten that however, with Pew Research reporting that 23% of Americans haven’t read a book in last year.

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