Sunday 1 December 2013

Byte size thinking

Is this an inbuilt danger of blogging, the web in general, and all the contemporary means and tools of communication - sms, tweets and what not - that we so easily limit ourselves to byte-size thinking? And is this perhaps not pre-eminently post-modern, the limiting oneself, willy-nilly, to the impression, the fragment, the fleeting, the superficial? Am I, in other words, finding myself conditioned almost into byte-sized thinking? Certainly there is the pain, the difficulty, the formidability of sustained thinking. Just now I have begun reading Milbank's "The Midwinter Sacrifice." Found, of all things, in an anthology of postmodern theology - Graham Ward's The Blackwell Companion to Postmodern Theology. Milbank tends to be formidable, and I am experiencing an unease, a dis-ease, the dizzying sensation, the vertigo, like I am about to step onto the glass pane at the top of the CN Tower in Toronto, which I know is solid, and that so many thousands of people have stepped on to it without incident, and yet the mind, the body holds back, cautious, unwilling to let go, unwilling to trust. 

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