One of the most valuable resources that I have found in the last 15 years is the Mars Hill Audio Journal (no connection to Mars Hill Church). Hosted by Ken Myers, each volume of the MHAJ is a collection of essays by Myers and interviews with fascinating guests. I always learn from the MHAJ. One thing I learned from the latest volume is why people are becoming more anxious.
Volume 94 is an exploration of the effect of technology and especially contemporary forms of communication on culture and social interaction. What is the first thing students do when they leave my class? They grab their cell phones. Why? To see if they’ve missed anything. They are anxious and anxiously texting. As one guest observes on the latest MHAJ, when students walk across the quad of his campus they are not smiling. They are anxious because they are missing out. Modern technology gives the impression that we can overcome time and space. The actual inability to do that (finitum non capax infiniti), despite technology, creates anxiety as expectations rise.
Thanks to my friend Dave Horner (now at Biola University/Talbot School of Theology) for introducing me to the MHAJ when it was still on audio cassette.