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Unfriend Yourself: Three Days to Detox, Discern, and Decide About Social Media Paperback – January 1, 2012
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He offers a three-fold challenge for readers over a three day Facebook fast weekend. Detox. Discern. Decide.
In detox, he shows us how Facebook's promises especially those with regards to community building often fails.
In discern, he guides us to think theologically about learning to critique, consolidate, and manage the media before it manages us.
In decide, he challenges us to move from solely Facebook-to-Facebook networking to include a healthy mix that comprises more Face-to-Face interactions.
Tennant openly admits that he is a 'technology pessimist.' He prefers to err on the side of caution. Personally, I feel that this book is an important contribution to check the tsunami of interest and uncritical use of social media. Many have argued against the use of Facebook using statistical data and expert advice. What Albert Borgmann and Neil Postman have done at a scholarly level to argue warnings about technology using us, Tennant has done for the layperson. The observations in the book is a reminder to us again that technology, social media such as Facebook needs to be on a leash. Uncritical usage of social media is like a pit-bull terror let loose, devouring others, and finally us.
One need not agree with all the pointers, but I urge readers to keep the warnings fresh as they use Facebook. If all self-control fail, when all self-discipline is gone, then do the best thing for ourselves: Unfriend ourselves from Facebook. This is a necessary book for all Facebook users, especially Christians.
Ratings: 4.5 stars of 5.
This book is provided to me free by Moody Publishers and NetGalley without any obligation for a positive review. All comments offered are freely mine.
Kylie's book spoke loud and clear on social media. I began to feel defensive inside about how much I liked and used Facebook, but his use of Scripture convinced my heart that the things he spoke were truth. I was eager to keep on reading his book in order to see and correctly hear what he spoke about--which is that we communicate plenty on Facebook and other social media, (for example Twitter and texting), but we aren't sharing communion and sharing joy in these communication vehicles. We need face-to-face encounters.
Kyle pointed out that we aren't condemning any of them, but we should use them less frequently and only with godly intent. He studied and read, wrote a paper at his school, but then published this book. Unfriendly Yourself is published by Moody Publishers.
I gave it five stars because it was a great read that taught instead of sounding preachy. He left the final decision to me. Will I? Yes.
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Thank you, Kyle, for speaking the truth in love: telling it like it is.