Possible Essay Questions: Things to Think About

Argue for or against the notion that the future will benefit from today’s love of and obsession with technology. Define technology. Show how it has benefited or harmed humanity to date. Then advance your argument for or against technology. This could include ECog machines, social media, and gaming.

Evaluate the impact technology has had on society and discuss the potential positives and negatives that such technology would have on civilization.

Most would argue that our world is becoming centered around technology. In her TED talk, Jane McGonigal says we should make reality like an online video game. Others, such as Beck, say that technology diminishes institutions in our culture. Argue whether technology helps or hurts humanity.

Examine how popular social media is with today’s society. What are the positives, negatives, and changes caused by this fact? Argue whether social media has done more harm or more good.

Evaluate the impact of modern technology on today’s students. Make sure you address both the good and the bad.

Richard Beck claims that social media such as Facebook has “killed the church.” In Ryan Lytle’s article, students and teachers experience a blackout from social media for a week. What would happen if that same week-long blackout occurred at ACU, a Christian university implementing a mobile initiative?

Is social media encouraging people today to live a virtual life rather than a face-to-face one? Argue yes or no and support your stance with the readings.

Evaluate the use of technology in a Christian school environment.

Evaluate the idea of implementing a technological blackout.

Do social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter take the place of face-to-face communication? Why or why not?

Evaluate the impact that social networking has on college students. Discuss both the positive and the negative impacts.

Propose a solution for the “Facebook Killed the Church” dilemma. Make sure you state the problem, consequences, solution, and then the justification for your solution(s).

Is social media becoming a problem for college life? Evaluate the impact of social media for good or ill for students and argue whether or not it is a problem.

Church has become less important as an institution in American culture. If we believe that God wants us to continue to participate in church, propose a solution for the loss of relevance–using technology. What are ways that the church can incorporate and adapt to new technologies such as those in the Kennedy paper and social media, such as discussed in the Beck paper? How can the church incorporate or take advantage of gaming?

Eric Darr, the provost at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology in Pennsylvania, states that social media and technology have become harmful to higher education. Evaluate how expanding technology might impact higher education and learning.

Lytle and Beck have articles that indicate concern that technology is taking over our society. Using evidence from both texts and your personal experience, argue your stance on this claim. Make sure to indicate whether the consequences you note are positive or negative.

The pope, in a message for World Communications Day, said:

The new technologies are not only changing the way we communicate, but communication itself, so much so that it could be said that we are living through a period of vast cultural transformation. This means of spreading information and knowledge is giving birth to a new way of learning and thinking, with unprecedented opportunities for establishing relationships and building fellowship.

The task of witnessing to the Gospel in the digital era calls for everyone to be particularly attentive to the aspects of that message which can challenge some of the ways of thinking typical of the web.

Discuss the implications of technology for Christians, particularly in reference to their mission to evangelize the world.

Kennedy brought up the concept of near-future humans living as cyborgs. Evaluate possible positive and negative aspects of this experience, if it happens.

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