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St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Presents Digital Technology: Family Friend or Foe?

April 4, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Media theorist Neal Postman once quipped that every technology drives a Faustian bargain, changing people and cultures in ways both good and bad, often with unanticipated impacts.

Now ten years since the iPhone’s introduction, few see our digital technology as all good. The upsides are well known and widely touted. As for the other half of the bargain, we hear all sorts of theories about our use of technology.. It’s addictive… it’s eroding empathy and relationships…it’s limiting our ability to focus, to sleep…it makes us fat, it’s increasing depression, slowing motor skill development among toddlers, and so on. And the folks who make this stuff in Silicon Valley are perhaps more aware than most of the downside impacts. (Steve Jobs and Bill Gates were famous for limiting their kids access to screen time.)

What’s a family to do?

Come hear Jarvis Cromwell give an insiders take on the digital era. He’ll report on where the future might be taking us, discuss some of the latest thinking on the impacts (good, bad and ugly) and offer a few simple steps you can take to bring a healthy tech/life balance to you and your family.

Jarvis Cromwell A former Fortune 50 Chief Marketing Officer, Jarvis has spent the last 10 years in innovation, working at the intersection of digital, financial services and publishing. He launched Bloomberg’s online “robo” wealth advisor and is currently working on new digital concepts to save the traditional media, which is suffering epic revenue declines in the wake of digital disruption. He is a 25 year resident of New Canaan and Silvermine and has served in numerous volunteer positions in town, and is currently a member of the vestry of St. Mark’s.


April 4, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Morrill Hall at St. Mark’s Church
111 Oenoke Ridge Rd.
New Canaan, CT 06840 United States
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