Saturday, January 29, 2011

Infinite Bandwidth: Encountering Christ in the Media

I recently read the book Infinite Bandwidth: Encountering Christ in the Media by Eugene Gan.  I have to say after the first few chapters I was hooked and knew this was a book that was placed in my hands for a reason.  This book gives ideas and help for those struggling with the proper use of media in today's society.  A problem that I would wager to say many folks struggle with on a near daily basis.

The author helps you figure out what are benefits of all of the new technology and what are merely time wasters or possibly dangerous uses of technology.  Each of the points in this book are covered with a chapter full of both positive and negative examples and ends with questions to help you determine if you are making the proper decisions for your own situation. 

This book can be very helpful for parents attempting to determine what technology is appropriate for their children, for adults attempting to figure out how to properly balance the use of technology with the rest of their lives and for students attempting to figure out how to set limits for themselves that will help keep them from being over taken by technology.

I said this book was put into my hands for a reason.  This book helped me figure out a few things that could be improved around here with our own family. I plan on having our teens read this book as well so they can better understand some of the decisions we have made regarding their use of technology.  I would honestly love to put a copy of this book into the hands of every adult I see glued to their cell phones and internet devices while out and about.  Technology can be and is a wonderful thing, but can also be a dangerous and addictive thing when it is used improperly.  This book was a wonderful reminder to me of the need to make sure the balance in my own life was appropriate.

This review was written as part of the Catholic book reviewer program from The Catholic Company. Visit The Catholic Company to find more information on Infinite Bandwidth: Encountering Christ in the Med. They are also a great source for serenity prayer and baptism gifts.

1 comment:

Dirtdartwife said...

Sounds like a great read. I'm often having to pull myself away from the computer because I want to read everything, but when I come away from it, I feel as if I haven't learned much at all simply because it's facebook, others blogs or email. Nothing really huge.

Then I do pull myself away, don't turn the TV on, don't turn the computer on... and wow... life is more interesting. :)

That lady that walked right into the fountain in the mall because she was texting needs to read this book.