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Misc: Cultural Historian: Are Apple Stores the New Temples?

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Apple stores are designed like temples or churches, to create an experience of “sacred space” in a secular world. Read it in Atlas ObscuraAre Apple Stores the New Temples? For more on how Apple co-opted religious imagery to sell it’s products and create a following read Brett Robinson’s fascinating book: Appletopia: Media Technology and the Religious Imagination of Steve Jobs.

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Misc: Don’t Text While Parenting

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A new study demonstrates that parents distracted by smart phones interact with their children in harmful ways. Kids feel like they must compete with devices for their parent’s attention. Children learn more from what their parents model than what they say and “who wants a generation of people who text each other while sitting at the same table?” Read about it in Time magazine here: Don’t Text While Parenting

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Misc: Absence (How Quaint) Makes the Heart Grow Fonder | Modern Love

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Are smart phones  and constant contact ruining romance? David Vescey writes in The New York Times that it was only when he thought he’d lost his girlfriend that he found the courage to say yes to love. Read his Modern Love column about old-fashioned romance here: Absence (How Quaint) Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

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