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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Getting Struck By Lightning

For those of us who enjoy being struck by lightning… I have a few tips for you.

1. Bring a laptop or smartphone to church.
2.  Tweet, Facebook, Text during the service.
3. Be struck by lightning.

In Chapter 5 Carr stated that “A growing number of American churches are encouraging parishioners to bring laptops and smartphones to service in order to exchange inspirational messages through Twitter and other micro blogging services.” That is just crazy!

Church is supposed to be a place where one can get away from the rest of the world and be with God. To listen to the readings from the Bible and internalize what they mean and to try and become a better person. Now how does one do that when his/her face is buried in some other gossip. Seriously if anyone in my church decided to bring his/her laptop to mass I guarantee that they will not be posting anything spiritual. People go on Facebook and Twitter most of the time to see what is happening in the rest of the world. To get their mind off of things. I know that that churches are trying to get more advance technologically to help them appeal to more people, but by doing it with social networking is just not the way to go.  All of those teenagers who have a hard time paying attention as it is will not pay attention at all if their phone is in front of them. It is also just plain rude. It is rude to be on a phone when in a conversation with someone or during a lecture when someone is speaking to you, but it is okay in some churches. I clearly don’t understand. But I do not feel like being struck by lightning... so I keep my smartphone in the car when I go to mass. I can live without it for an hour.

Taylor Boulia


  1. Taylor, I agree completely. I feel that bringing a cell phone or laptop to church and be allowed on social networks would be very rude and distracting also.

    -Jill Zalewski

  2. I definitely agree with you. There is no way that using a laptop or phone in church is socially acceptable, it would just show bad manners. This was a good post with a lot of excellent points!

    Meagan Cox

  3. I was shocked when I read that section in The Shallows, too. It's really bizarre in my opinion that people feel the need to use laptops in situations that call for focused attention, and where using a laptop would distract the user.

    -Prof. LeBlanc