The Scent of Lemons: Technology and Relationships in the Age of Facebook

The Scent of Lemons: Technology and Relationships in the Age of Facebook
By Jonah Lynch

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Touch, scent, taste. Three of the five senses that cannot be transmitted through technology. Three-fifths of reality, sixty percent. This book is an invitation to notice that other sixty per cent.'


In The Scent of Lemons Jonah Lynch considers if technology is stealing something essential from us in return for all its marvellous gifts. He writes: 'I feel the urgent need to clarify my relationship with the technologies which in ever more elegant and hidden ways accompany our lives.'


He wants to understand, starting from his own experiences, how the exercise of attention, the way we see the world and construct relationships, uses or is used by technology. Today many say: 'See you on Facebook!' instead of 'See you at the usual bar!', what the American writer Wendell Berry calls 'our lazy willingness to let machines, and the idea of the machine, prescribe the terms and conditions of the life of creatures'.


'Every place is singular, and every person is unique,' Lynch writes, and to re-learn this truth it might be necessary to do a little 'technological fasting'. Not to eliminate our freedom, but to joyfully rediscover it.


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  • Amazon Sales Rank: #3260380 in eBooks
  • Published on: 2012-11-30
  • Released on: 2012-11-30
  • Format: Kindle eBook

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About the Author
Jonah Lynch was born in the United States and now lives in Rome. He is a seminarian and an avid technophile. This is his sixth book.


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5Lynch provides very useful but small chapters do help us to think more ...
By Augustine Thomas
In this book Jonah Lynch examines technology from a philosophical and practical perspective in terms of how it makes us become more or less human. Whether or not we realize it, technology is shaping the way we view reality and live. Lynch provides very useful but small chapters do help us to think more carefully about whether or not certain technological advances are helping us live more humane lives. An excellent book to get you to start thinking about how technology affects your life for the good or for worse. Reading this book will help you discover how to use it wisely.

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5An excellent resource for parents to understand the influence of technology on human development
By rick fessenbecker
This is an excellent explanation about the impact of technology on our way at looking at reality. It useful to read for anyone but especially those parents looking for a way to understand their children. The Scent Of Lemons: Technology and Relationships in the Age of Facebook

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4Real to Life
By mark merdian
Are we making technology our real world? This is the question the author asks amidst a spiritual world of relationships with Christ and others.

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