Flickering pixels are the tiny dots of light that make up the screens of life – from TVs to cell phones. They are nearly invisible, but they change us. In this provocative book, author Shane Hipps takes readers beneath the surface of things to see how the technologies we use end up using us.
Not all is dire, however, as Hipps shows us that hidden things have far less power to shape us when they aren’t hidden anymore. We are only puppets of our technology if we remain asleep. “Flickering Pixels” will wake us up – and nothing will look the same again.
A very quick and thought provoking read, which challenges the idea that ‘technology is just another tool’, but that it also fundamentally challenges the way we think, and therefore the way that we behave. Draws on the theories of Marshall McLuhan quite heavily, but links that in very much with how that changes our approach to our faith – how the development of the printing press has prioritised the ‘left-brain’ logical thinking that we must UNDERSTAND before we can confess our faith, to the detriment of the ‘right-brain’ more expressive/emotional side. For many Christianity is less of the ‘flick of the light switch’ and more of a slow ‘dimmer switch’.
Digiexplorer (not guru), Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing @ Manchester Metropolitan University. Interested in digital literacy and digital culture in the third sector (especially faith). Author of ‘Raising Children in a Digital Age’, regularly checks hashtag #DigitalParenting.