Over the past few weeks I’ve interviewed 11 pastors (well, that includes a few “church leaders” who aren’t technically “pastors”) for a paper I’m writing on pastors who use multiple Facebook accounts — one account for professional purposes and another (often more hidden account) for personal purposes. I’m still compiling my research and making it […]
Today marks the start of a Blog Tour on Religion and Media organized by the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. The tour on Religion and Media will run April 30 – May 11 and is intended “to engage in a wide-ranging conversation with bloggers and their readers on issues related to religion and media.” This […]
This post is part of my Independent Study in Religious Communication and Digital Life at the University of North Dakota. See a description of the course here, a review other books here, here, and here. Edited by three British academics, “Religion, Media, and Culture: A Reader” serves as a helpful overview of many issues demanding […]
You may have heard: technology is changing the way we live, even the way we read. I’m no exception. I read a lot so there’s much for me to like about the transition to ebooks, but while I love my kindle and iPad for some types of reading, don’t stop the presses on my account quite yet. The old school paper technology still has a lot going for it in my book.
When I talk about new media in church contexts, the lens or framework people use as they speak of technology says a lot about the direction of the conversation. Some people, such as those who think the church should change to attract new younger members, praise technology for its amazing capabilities. Others, such as those suspicious that there is too much change in the church will speak of the deleterious effects of technology. Such conversations can become difficult to moderate, but the task will be easier for me now that I’ve read Heidi Campbell’s When Religion Meets New Media.
A current Minnesota Public Radio promotional clip includes short phrases from several politicians’ recent speeches. One of them is Mitt Romney saying, “If we don’t step up, our country is going to turn into something we can’t recognize anymore” (approximate quote from memory). On MPR the quote plays without any context re the larger speech, but even so, it has great resonance with me (resonance, in a “sure folks think that” sort of way, not an “I agree” way). In fact, it’s a handy quick lens to explore perspectives on change in church, society, and politics.
As part of my Independent Study, “Religious Communication and Digital Life” this semester at UND, I recently read Vincent Miller’s “Understanding Digital Culture.” It turns out that it’s difficult to write a review with the audience of both professor and blog readers in mind, but I need to do this before I get it confused […]