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Habits of the High-Tech Heart: Living Virtuously in the Information Age

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The Internet is everywhere. Chat rooms and instant email messages have taken the place of letters and phone calls. The Internet has changed the way we do business, shop, communicate, and even meet people. In many ways our lives are easier and more convenient. But what price do we pay for this convenience?

Habits of the High-Tech Heart addresses the major drawbacks to the n
Published June 1st 2004 by Baker Academic (first published 2002)
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May 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Quentin Schultze's book was recommended to me when I was looking for resources for teaching a youth-age technology and discernment class. I appreciate Schultze's virtue approach to technology, and used the idea of cultivating a virtuous character so that we can use technology appropriately as a major theme for my class.

Schultze's virtues are Christian virtues (as opposed to Aristotelian) and I was greatly aided by having read MacIntyre's After Virtue before reading this book. Schultze calls Chri
Mar 21, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Bob Christenson, Matt Farina, Dion Garrett
Half-way through this book ... and I'm just hoping/wishing it's got a lot of good ground to cover before I'm through and realize I've just wasted my precious time on this.

So far, it happens to be rather dated and mostly focused on questions: how rapidly technology adoption is, how messianic the next great thing seems to be billed as, etc. No earth shattering analysis, thoughts, or philosophies have surfaced yet...

Just finished this book... I would suggest that if you find this book particularly
Bryan Kibbe
Jul 31, 2009 rated it really liked it
Consider this the other shoe to drop amidst a culture that so often praises and exhorts the new technologies coming down the way. Avoiding extremism and empty rhetoric, Schultze offers a provocative account of the failings of modern technology and our obsessions with that technology to afford us with more virtuous or morally robust lives as human persons. Additionally, Schultze draws from an enormous array of sources and points of moral wisdom to invite us back to a life that puts technology in ...more
Jul 27, 2011 marked it as to-read
Don't know about this one. Can't disagree with its basic thesis: information technology is not a neutral technology, but affects our understanding of what we mean by community, relationship, etc. But the book proceeds more by assertion and quotation than by argument. E.g. on p192, Wendell Berry, Jacques Ellul, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Dorothy Day, and Ivan Illich are all enlisted for quotations of one sentence at most. But there isn't any real discussion of the reasons these worthy people might h ...more
Kaiwin Su
Jan 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
helpful way to diagnose and examine our hearts when it comes to our current fascination with technology. great challenge for those who venerate the latest fads and fashions of Silicon Valley and the internet, exposing the manner in which we fall prey to their seductions and false promises. causes thoughtful reflection on what it means to be virtuous, kind and loving in this day and age, especially in light of everybody's need for true community and the desire to know and be known, to love and be ...more
Jin Chong
Jan 17, 2008 rated it liked it
It has given me a macro view of the influence of computers, technology, and the internet on our culture.
Jan 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Nice ideas but dense and hard to read.
Mar 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
All who work in digital media should read this and reflect on how it's changing your communication and reflection habits.
Aug 29, 2012 marked it as to-read
Using this as a source for research...not sure how much it will help, but we'll see!
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Quentin J. Schultze (PhD, University of Illinois) is Arthur H. DeKruyter Chair and professor of communication arts and sciences at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is also distinguished professor at Spring Arbor University. Schultze has been quoted in major media including the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, US News & World Report, the New York Times, Fortune, the Chicago Tribune, a ...more
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