Is it Wise?

12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You by Tony Reinke

Episode 2 of a podcast that I thought would be way easier to do than it actually is, accompanied by none other than longtime friend, Mark Bethea, who horribly misdiagnosed my phone-carrying methods.

Of course, you already know that because you have already listened to it on just about any platform, but also could find here if necessary. What you may not know, however, is that Mark made me laugh many times, but I had to cut most of it out because I still don’t know what I’m doing.

As will be custom, the show left little to be expounded upon here. Lucky for you, there isn’t much to read, but there is one thing that I wanted to speak on that Mark and I left out for the sake of time.

Reinke’s 9th point on how our phones are undoubtedly changing us is “We Lose Meaning,” and he uses two dystopian novels to dramatize the narrative: 1984 by George Orwell and Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. Reinke does not claim the comparison to be his own, his modus operandi, but I can give him credit because I don’t care.

The comparison is the method in which we become indoctrinated (in dystopian theory, that is).

Orwell’s future was one in which we would be impoverished of knowledge and information, while Huxley warned of a fate that would render us inundated with the very educations that Orwell believed we would miss dearly. But with Huxley’s prophetic material overload would come “a sea of irrelevance.”

Reinke’s verdict: Huxley wins.

We truly have the world at our fingertips. Everything we face, even this very day, is at our disposal. The all-knowing Google is our god, and we are hard-pressed to converse rationally at anyone’s expense.

Are our phones to blame?

While I cannot justify placing total accountability on an object, animate or no, I must partially attribute our latest decline in civil efficiency to the phones that we are unable to lay down.


I’m not even trying to be discouraging. I don’t even hate phones. But I did just scroll through some comments on Facebook, and I’m depressed again.

My point, exactly.

Anyway, if you want to hear some better discussion on the book, perhaps a bit more uplifting take from Mr. Bethea, give us a listen.

And remember,

“Grow Your Mind, Keep Your Mind, Read a Book!”

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