Theology After Google (And Me)

Theology After Google (And Me)


I’m positively geeking out at this point about the Theology After Google conference, March 10-12, in Claremont, California, because one of my all-time heroes of the Web and journalism—Jeff Jarvis (—is now planning to participate in the conference via Skype.

Jarvis is a former TV critic for TV Guide and People magazine, and he’s the creator of Entertainment Weekly magazine. He’s currently an associate professor at City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism (directing its new media program), the author of What Would Google Do? (in which he reverse engineers Google the company to apply its genius to all sorts of different spheres), and co-host on This Week in Google.

I must admit to being a bit of a fanboy of Jeff’s, and his obsession with Google is partly what inspired me to start Googlewatchers last year (although that hasn’t quite taken off yet—maybe if Jeff got behind it …). Sure, I butted heads with Jeff during the last election (he was for Hillary, I was for Obama), but who didn’t I butt heads with during the last election?

Anyway, Jeff’s been through prostate cancer—something that I have a high risk factor for, as well. (In fact, my father’s PSA numbers just jumped again so he’s going in for another biopsy. “Another,” meaning, he’s been down this road before, so far, without any “positive” results for cancer.) Jeff has lived his life on the open Web, well, openly and often obnoxiously honestly, but it’s that incessant drive for transparency that has endeared him to me. And he’s just right about a lot of things a lot of the time.

Also Skyping in for Theology After Google is Ori Brafman, co-author of The Starfish and The Spider, which is another phenomenal ground-breaking book. There may be other additions to the lineup, as well, but the in-person and via-video participants so far are shaping up to be a really exciting gathering that I’m super geeked to be a part of.

If you can get yourself to L.A. next month, for just $99 you can have fun geeking out with me at this theology and technology geek-fest.



Posted on 02-14-2010


  1. Dale says:

    February 20th, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    What might be available online (ideally live) for that event? (as in streaming stuff) Sure would love to partake, but the cost to a southeasterner is prohibitive just to get there, much less stay somewhere.

  2. Rocky says:

    March 12th, 2010 at 1:04 am

    The Jeff Jarvis Skype conversation was one of the coolest things I’ve ever participated in.

  3. Dale says:

    March 12th, 2010 at 8:19 am

    Is there a recording of it up now or soon? I couldn’t get to it via my iphone last night by searching uStream. I was at a basketball tourney, but stepped back into the foryer to try and catch some of it

  4. After Theology After Google says:

    March 16th, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    […] And from now on, I can say I spoke at the same conference as Jeff Jarvis. That’s a dream come true. […]

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