We would all agree that digital technology has made life better in many respects. But in what ways do smartphones, email, social media and the Internet in general bring pressures to bear upon us that diminish human dignity and work against us in the free market, our social connectivity, and the interior life? Douglas Rushkoff has been thinking and writing about these very questions for years. He is a media theorist and author of the book, Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now. He has produced documentaries for CNN and PBS and is regular contributor to the New York Times. He spoke with Acton’s Paul Edwards for this edition of Radio Free Acton.
Acton’s Twitter followers are at an all-time high, and we’re gaining about 45 new followers every month. Here’s a look back at our 10 Most Tweetable Moments of 2012:
We now have a live stream of the #ActonU hashtag on Twitter running on the right side of our blog. This tab will keep you updated on the folks who are using this tag in their Twitter posts. Feel free to join in and be featured on the blog! You might even find someone to meet up with between sessions. For those of you who aren’t at Acton University you can use the feed to find out what you’re missing. If you do not see the feed on the right side of the blog you may need to refresh your browser.
Update 6/20/2011: The live stream has been removed since Acton University has concluded. You can still check out the stream on Twitter if you’re interested.
We’ve launched a redesigned Acton PowerBlog but there’s more to it than just a visual update. You’ll find the following enhancements:
- A simpler look that seeks to better emphasize important features of the blog
- Convenient tab navigation on the right for frequently used items
- Increased real estate for blog posts like the one you’re reading
- Increased emphasis on social media including:
- New links near the top right and bottom of the page to Acton’s key social pages
- A live Facebook page stream on the right so you can see what’s happening without leaving the blog
- More “Like” and send buttons on front page blog posts (not just the first one)
- A new comment system that preserves all old comments while adding increased functionality
- A better subscribe page with more feed links and information
The new comment system is probably the largest change after the redesign itself. With this system (called Disqus) you no longer have to type your name and email every time you want to comment. Now you can login with an account from a number of websites including Facebook, Twitter, and Disqus itself in order to comment here. You can also give feedback on comments by liking and replying to them. If you have a Disqus account you can build a “commenter reputation” and your comments will carry more social weight with people seeking higher quality insights.
We welcome your feedback in the comments for this post.