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10/08/2013

Daily prayer and reflection.

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Sat 10 Aug 2013 05:43

Andrea Rea

Good Morning

We seem to live our lives in increasingly public ways now, through computers, phones, and all manner of other devices.  And even if we don’t “go in” for social media ourselves, it’s often hard to avoid getting caught up in the constant sharing of photos, captions and comments, one way or another.     And of course, there can be a darker side to all of this.

The advance of technology has played a huge part and this has moved very quickly- and with it our sense of what’s private and what isn’t.  Just 55 years ago today, the television programme Candid Camera was first broadcast in America.  The basis for the show was a secret camera set up to film people in situations in which something unexpected would happen to them – often with funny results, at least from the audience’s point of view.  Looking back, I suppose it was the first time we got a chance to see random, unknown people caught up in ordinary situations, albeit with an unexpected twist.  The punch line, inevitably, was:  “smile, you’re on Candid Camera”.  Today, people themselves wield the cameras, and by sharing images and text on social media, they broadcast to the world their own personal version of life – theirs and others’.  The ease with which all of us can share every aspect of our lives via the internet raises many questions about how we manage that technology, so that the end result is indeed a smile for the candid camera.

 Lord of life, help us to be mindful of the ways that our lives connect with the lives of others, let us celebrate the electronic ability we have to share ourselves with the wider world, but give us wisdom to use that technology wisely.  Amen                    

Andrea Rea

Good Morning

We seem to live our lives in increasingly public ways now, through computers, phones, and all manner of other devices. And even if we don’t "go in" for social media ourselves, it’s often hard to avoid getting caught up in the constant sharing of photos, captions and comments, one way or another. And of course, there can be a darker side to all of this.

The advance of technology has played a huge part and this has moved very quickly- and with it our sense of what’s private and what isn’t. Just 55 years ago today, the television programme Candid Camera was first broadcast in America. The basis for the show was a secret camera set up to film people in situations in which something unexpected would happen to them – often with funny results, at least from the audience’s point of view. Looking back, I suppose it was the first time we got a chance to see random, unknown people caught up in ordinary situations, albeit with an unexpected twist. The punch line, inevitably, was: "smile, you’re on Candid Camera". Today, people themselves wield the cameras, and by sharing images and text on social media, they broadcast to the world their own personal version of life – theirs and others’. The ease with which all of us can share every aspect of our lives via the internet raises many questions about how we manage that technology, so that the end result is indeed a smile for the candid camera.

Lord of life, help us to be mindful of the ways that our lives connect with the lives of others, let us celebrate the electronic ability we have to share ourselves with the wider world, but give us wisdom to use that technology wisely. Amen