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Friday, October 15, 2010

Oh Pope, What Were You Thinking?

The Montreal Gazette reports that the Pope is afraid that new technology will confuse people.

"New technologies and the progress they bring can make it impossible to distinguish truth from illusion and can lead to confusion between reality and virtual reality," the pope said. 
"The image can also become independent from reality, it can give birth to a virtual word, with various consequences -- above all the risk of indifference towards real life," he said.
He said the use of new technologies should set off "an alarm bell."

I'm not sure how this lines up with his previous comments in support of priests using digital communication to share the gospel. It seems like an about-face to me.

What really frustrates me is the logic here. Somehow our brains will shut down and be unable to process the difference between what's real and what's not. This is the same logic used when movies were invented, or television, or just about any new technology. Our brains are fantastic at adapting and learning the rules of the new media. We'll be fine, Mr. Pope, we'll be fine.

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