Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Technology and Religion

An interesting article in the JWR on the use of apps for handheld devices and their place in religion. Particularly interesting because of the attitude of some in the frum veldt towards computers and anything that is computer-like. Rabbi Bentzion Twerski makes a particularly interesting point about the use of these apps as regards his work as a mashgiach/kashrut supervisor--almost instant access to product/ingredient lists and explanations, making kashrut decisions quicker and more accurate.



tesyaa said...

I don't know if you've noticed, but practically every man with a black hat carries a blackberry, smartphone or other tech device. Those who reject the Internet usually do it on behalf of others, while allowing it for themselves. While the frum world was successful in banning televisions (or at least increasing sales of those wall units that neatly hide them), I don't know if they'll be able to do the same with the Internet. Time will tell.

Shoshie said...

Unlike tv's though which were basically for entertainment Tesyaa the Internet is a business/living tool that has already become part of many basic areas of life. I don't think they can fight the internet for much longer simply because too much is at stake here. Unless they are planning on going back to making fire by rubbing sticks together, not using money and having zero benefits from any government, they'll have to give in on the internet.