Why is this happening? For answers, check out Economist Tyler Cowen in his  new video titled “The New Era of Segregation,” argues that,

In our algorithm-driven world, digital servants cater to our individual preferences like never before – finding us tailored restaurants, TV shows, even our next spouse. On the individual level, this is all very good. We’re finding better matches and our daily lives are improving.

But what happens at the macro level? The picture becomes less rosy – increased segregation, exploding rents, and a less dynamic economy.

While economic concerns are important–after all, how can the Church serve the poor (much less help lift them out of poverty!) with the economic resources to do so?

But Cowen’s video raises another, pastoral question.

In an increasingly “curated” culture, what happens to the Church? What happens to the parish as a local, eucharistic community?

With Cowen, I think the technological advances of the late 20th and early 21st centuries are great. No question about this!

In a fallen world, no good thing is simply good. Sin always mixes in.

As Christians, as people of good will, and as citizens we can’t lose sight of either the blessings or risk inherent in technology. As Aristotle taught us, virtue is about finding the middle way between extremes. This is as true with our use of technology as it is in our personal lives.

Do take a moment to watch Cowen’s video.

In Christ,

+Fr Gregory