Ted Olsen, Jody Veenker, and Jennifer McGuire's most frequent contribution to Christianity Today is their daily writing, editing, and design of this magazine's Web page (www.christianitytoday.com/ctmag/).
But with this bonus technology issue (which subscribers are receiving in addition to their regular issues), Ted, Jody, and Jennifer are doing something very retro indeed: producing a print magazine (what we sometimes call CT's "dead-tree edition").
The relationship between print and Internet is not as one-way as some pundits first predicted. Print magazines are not going out of existence as Web-based publications are born and (in some cases) thrive. Instead, says Ted, "It is a trend for magazines to launch Web sites and for Web sites to launch magazines." He cited Space.com's launch of Space.com Illustrated and Inside.com's launch of Inside magazine as just two examples.
CT has been in cyberspace since 1995, so we figured it was time to go beyond the occasional technology article and use an entire issue to, in Ted's words, "give special emphasis to this emerging part of the world and to its effects on the way we live our Christian lives."
Like many young adults, Ted Olsen has reaped the benefits of a wired world. Married now just three months, Ted and his wife, Alexis, carried on eight months of their courtship by e-mail while she worked with Opportunity International in Australia and he with CT in the United States. (A journalistic aside on that romance: Ted and Alexis began their friendship in 1994, as students working on the Wheaton College Record, she as editor, he as news editor.)
Before becoming CT's online managing editor, Ted spent two years as assistant editor of our sister publication Christian History. The instincts ...1