Andrew McDiarmid is a media specialist at the Discovery Institute. He is author of the blog Authentic: Living Well in the Age of the Smartphone. Follow Andrew on Twitter @AMcDiarmid.

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August 21, 2018, 11:15 AM EDT
Sixteenth Century English poet Sir Thomas Overbury once wrote: "Absence doth sharpen love, presence strengthens it; the one brings fuel, the other blows it till it burns clear." Strong, healthy relationships are built on periods of presence and absence, and as Overbury points out, both are interwoven together. Too much presence can reduce the value of the time present. Too much absence can dilute the relationship-building done during times of presence. But is it still possible to be absent in today's always-connected, always-reachable digital life?
March 7, 2018, 9:47 AM EST
So I was out at the movies the other night, one of millions who have been enjoying the new Black Panther movie. We got there early, in time to be indoctrinated by the pre-show entertainment. One of the ads surprised me - it was for Twitter. Ads promoting social media platforms are not really that common. But even more surprising was the basic message of the ad – trust our algorithm.
February 8, 2018, 9:38 AM EST
The race for domination in the digital assistant market means getting hardware into your home is a top priority for Big Tech (the collective name for Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon). All these companies are fighting for market share, but it's Amazon's latest ad campaign that caught my eye. The online retailer couples its family of Alexa-enabled Echo devices with the boast "Smart homes start here."