The Real Social Dilemma

The Real Social Dilemma

Although drawing some welcome scrutiny to a fixture of modern life, the popular new documentary misses some important points as well. Especially our own responsibility in the larger mess.

COVERING THE COVERAGE

Making Peeping Toms of Us All

Painful and terrible things happen every day in our communities and nation. And when we check out the news, we’ve all become accustomed to exploring their circumstances in often lurid detail.   Compared to the appropriate sorrow we might feel when another instance of...

EDITORIALS

AstraZeneca and Pfizer Will Save Us

In 2003, I launched a 5-year study of health narratives that would ultimately be subtitled, "Prozac Saved My Life" vs. "Prozac Ruined My Life."  I did this after hearing remarkably divergent claims of lives "saved" by antidepressants, alongside equally dramatic...

The Real Social Dilemma

The Social Dilemma is a newly available documentary on Netflix about the peril of social networks.  The documentary does a decent job of introducing some of the ways social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.) are negatively impacting society. If this is your...

Is the World Going to Burn Up?

Fires are now ravaging California—in the same months as ferocious storms batter the gulf coast.  Years ago, soon after the devastating typhoons that hit the Philippines, one of us asked a friend who had distanced himself from faith in prior years, “do you see in any...