The Pope: "The Internet is a Gift From God"

"The internet, in particular, offers immense possibilities for encounter and solidarity," Francis said. "This is something truly good, a gift from God."

He acknowledged, however, that the internet is far from a panacea. The speed and ubiquity of social media threaten to isolate users from their friends and family, he wrote, and those without access to these networks are in danger of being left behind. He also noted that it's just as easy for web users to wall themselves within echo chambers, despite the great variety in opinions and viewpoints that connectivity offers, though he believes that the benefits far outweigh the drawbacks.

"While these drawbacks are real, they do not justify rejecting social media," he added. "Rather, they remind us that communication is ultimately a human rather than technological achievement."

Admittedly, this feels like a strange story to share on this site. At the same time, it feels like the kind of commentary that could spark an interesting conversation around the water cooler 1 dinner table.

I'm not sure how I feel about The Pope's conclusion. Is the internet a wonderful blessing from God, or is it the dangerous embodiment of the hubris of mankind?

  1. Almost forgot that for some of us, mentioning "God" in the workplace will get you canned.