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In 'The Scent of Lemons', Jonah Lynch proposes a fast from social media technology as a means of cultivating real relationships with real depth and meaning.
Technology, he argues can’t transmit the joy, meaning and intimacy of the three fifths of human sensitivity in communication: You can’t send touch, scent or taste by mobile phone! We losing 60% of our reality when we rely on technology alone to express feelings and build friendships.
This book is an invitation to ask if relying on social media technology is stealing something essential from us in return for all its life changing gifts. In his book, the seminary teacher and lover of technology writes: “I feel the urgent need to clarify my relationship with the technologies which in ever more elegant and hidden ways accompany our lives.”
In a world where the greeting of many is: “See you on Facebook,” and the machine dictates the terms and conditions of the relationship, Jonah Lynch explores, starting from his own experiences, how way we see the world and construct relationships uses - or is used by technology. “Every place is singular, and every person is unique,” Lynch writes, “and to re-learn this truth it might be necessary to do a little technological fasting. Not to eliminate our freedom, but to joyfully rediscover it.”
Jonah Lynch was born in the United States and now lives in Rome. He is a seminarian and an avid technophile. This is his sixth book.
"- It shows us how we can both get on in a modern world full of diversions. Quite simply brilliant. Well done the author!"
The Scent of Lemons by Jonah Lynch was published by Darton Longman & Todd in November 2012 and is our 53356th best seller. The ISBN for The Scent of Lemons is 9780232529586.
Our modern technologies offer the mirage that real life can be had in 'point and click' isolation, despite our gut instinct telling us something different. We long to connect, to belong, to give and take, even to shout, muddle and disagree… things that only happen in the messy world of relationships and communities.
Whether there is freedom or bondage experienced through the addictive nature of Facebook and its endless stream of media offerings, here it is central to the engagement about social compulsions in Jonah Lynch's continuation of the prophetic work of Henri Nouwen. With so much on offer, Lynch navigates the inherent folly of letting technology prescribe the terms and conditions of our lives. At the heart of Lynch's writing is the penetrating truth that three of five senses; touch, scent and taste cannot ever be engaged with by technological means.
Mythology, research and reflection are well woven here in a great write about the gains and challenges of the technological gifts of our age, in this insightful new book. Masks are removed through the unveiling of detail, aching truth, raw implications and inevitable addictions. These are all laid bare. My only gripe is that by the time we strike chapter nineteen Jonah Lynch might have offered us more than just a technological fast, as a remedy in the face of our pacey, all-access culture. There is much of beauty and another kingdom in the closing words; "power is love".
This pacey, incisive, compact book offers much. As Lynch invites, "Being is gift, not robbery. Being is love."
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Posted: Thursday, December 13th
"Jonah Lynch addresses one of the most fundamental contradictions of mankind's searching: that our capacity to build new worlds is not always matched by our ability to understand how much they enrich our lives and our knowledge of reality." - John Waters, Journalist, Magazine Editor and Columnist.
"This book is brimming with insights that show how technology shapes our concrete, everyday patterns of being and consciousness. A fascinating study." - David Schindler, editor of Communio: International Catholic Review
"Lynch celebrates the way his missionary order has effortless international conferences on the internet. All such good virtual contact brings an inevitable `disincarnating' through the nature of net relationships. Laughing among friends bears no comparison with writing `hahahaha' on a chat screen. The internet is guilty of an extreme materialisation, as in pornography. `After having reduced the infinite beauty of loving relationships to a pure physical mechanism, we are decomposing them into the banal virtuality of a group of pixels on a back-lit screen'. A recently opened clinic for internet addicts tackles five online addictions: pornography, gambling, information overload, social networks and role-playing games." - Rev Dr J F Twisleton (Other Retailer's Review)
|Author / Artist||Jonah Lynch|
|Publisher||Darton Longman & Todd (November 2012)|
|Number of Pages||112|
|Page last updated||3rd February 2018|