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Social media for the scared may 2013Presentation Transcript
Social Mediafor the ScaredDr Bex Lewis, Digital FingerprintURL: http://j.mp/socmedscaredMay 2013 for: http://www.churchcommstraining.orgThis work is licensed under a Creative CommonsAttribution 3.0 Unported License.
• An incredible newtechnology enables thetransmission of text on aworldwide basis. It rapidlyreduces production anddistribution costs and forthe first time allows largenumbers of people toaccess text and pictures intheir own homes.
• The new technologies will bring„every individual… into immediateand effortless communicationwith every other‟, „practicallyobliterate‟ politicalgeography, and make free tradeuniversal. Thanks totechnological advance, „there[are] no longer any foreigners,‟and we can look forward to „thegradual adoption of a commonlanguage.‟
http://www.aber.ac.uk/media/Students/lcs9603.html• “Furedi suggests that moral panicshave a tendency to occur „at timeswhen society has not been able toadapt to dramatic changes‟ andwhen such change leads thoseconcerned to express fear overwhat they see as a loss of control.”Image Credit: Stockfresh
http://bigbible.org.uk/digidisciple/• Whether as a Christian or a digital explorer, you‟re anewbie or an old hat, a rookie or a bishop (and in thedigital sphere, there will be some who fit in allcategories), we all have something to contribute to thedigital space. The concept of the digital as „space‟ or a„culture‟ is important as we come from a perspective inwhich:• As Christians we live 24/7 for God, in whatever spaceswe live in or engage with (see LICC for more on this).• There is no such thing as „virtual‟ and „real‟ worlds: onlyonline and offline space/cultures – the connectionbetween the two is different for each individual.• We need to take seriously our Christian presence bothonline and offline. Are we the same person, living by thesame values in both „spaces‟?
Love thy neighbour?• What does it mean to „love your neighbour‟ in a worldin which a „friend‟ might as easily be the kid fromdown the street you grew up with as a woman inBotswana whom you‟ve never seen in person andonly know in the context of Facebook statusupdates, photos, and notes? What is the nature ofcommunity at prayer in a compline service tweetedeach evening by the cybermonks of a Virtual Abbey?What is the ecclesiological and liturgical significant ofworship in various churches across the theologicalspectrum on the quasi-3D, virtual reality site „SecondLife‟? How can we negotiate spiritual interactionin these contexts without losing sight of basicelements of Christian faith expressed intraditional embodied and geographically locatedpractices of prayer, worship, and compassiontowards others?• Tweet if You Heart Jesus, p.xiv
What can you do on Facebook?• Find friends• Post status updates• Comment on others photos• Post & Tag people in photos• Offer pastoral care• Leave public messages on the „wall‟• Send private „messages‟• Join Groups, Like Pages• Link to other social media• Set up events
BlogCharacteristics?• A reverse diary (most recent entry first)• A publically accessible personal journal• Reflections, comments and hyperlinks• Commentary/news on a particular subject• Text/Image/Links including media• Interactive, especially comments• Potentially informal tone
• “See what we‟ve been up to”• Thoughts & Reflections• Reviews(Books, films, websites, etc)• Challenging ideas for debate• Interviews (Text, Audio, Video)• „Best Of‟ Content• „How-to‟ Posts• 10 things you can…• Guest Posts
Think About• Who are you blogging for?• How often can you blog?• What style of blog will you use?• What content can you produce?• What do you want Google tofind?• Who else can you bring onboard?