Flotsam and jetsam (5/26)

After weeks of survey research, it turns out–the bounty and abundance of web data is out of control. As Google’s Eric Schmidt has been quoted, from the beginning of time to 2003, we created 5 Exabytes of data. We’re now creating that every two days–and it’s accelerating. Think of it like Moore’s law–for content. But unlike increased processor power, massive growth in unfiltered and un-contextualized content isn’t a boon. It’s a data deluge that’s drowning us all.

And don’t be surprised if a course on information literacy raises profound questions about (at least) undergraduate pedagogy (because it tends to have the greatest degree of passive learning). Challenging that paradigm might be the real obstacle to the use of technology that innovative educators face in our halls of academe, because the genuinely transformative potential that technology has on teaching and learning scares the pants off of personality types invested in incumbent methods and power models threatened by these new modalities. Remember: technology transfigures us, but that does not mean we always like what we see.

Even as a progressive, I cannot accept that humanity is inherently good. Yet this does not undermine my progressive commitments; it strengthens them.

  • Ben Witherington and Peter Leithart recently had a fascinating exchange on Constantine and Just War theory. Here’s a nice roundup of all the posts in that exchange. (HT @GodRocket)

About Marc Cortez

Theology Prof and Dean at Western Seminary, husband, father, & blogger, who loves theology, church history, ministry, pop culture, books, and life in general.

Posted on May 26, 2011, in Flotsam and jetsam. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. “Even as a progressive, I cannot accept that humanity is inherently good. Yet this does not undermine my progressive commitments; it strengthens them.” I agree with this statement.

    I recently read on a website linked to yours, that there are some who believe that we are co-creators with God. This is probably an age-old belief, but it’s not one I’ve heard of or considered. There’s no scripture to support this, is there?

    • The idea has been around for a while, and it usually comes out of a particular reading of Genesis 1:26-28 (though other verses are often included). Usually the idea is that the image of God is (at least partly) about imaging his creative activity. He’s the Creator and created us to image that through our own creativity. He then placed us in creation and gave us the command to “rule” over it, usually understood in the sense of harnessing creation’s latent potential and bringing it into fruition. In that sense we “co-creators,” imaging God by creatively bringing creation to a fuller expression.

  2. I can’t believe how many outlets picked up that “bigger brain” nonsense and ALSO how many of them picked up the sensational but completely non-factual headlines. The study doesn’t even look at brain size, it looks at relative shrinking of the hippocampus over time.

  3. If by this belief system, we are meant to understand that we are to exercise our “creativity” in this world, fully aware that it is He who acts in us to do good according to His will, then I suppose I understand…maybe…the term “co-creator”. Thanks for the explanation.

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