Religious Podcasting

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Religious Podcasting

  1. 1. Religious podcasting: in between religious audiences and podcasting communities Paul Emerson Teusner RMIT University AoIR 9.0 October 2008
  2. 2. Research question <ul><li>Protestant tradition sees the sermon as “the gathering around the Word” </li></ul><ul><li>So what does podcasting do the nature of “gathering” and how does that shape the “word” (or text)? </li></ul>Paul Emerson Teusner - AoIR 9.0
  3. 3. Religious podcasting <ul><li>Competes with radio segments, technology and sport as most numerous genre </li></ul><ul><li>Two types: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet broadcasting of sermons and other audio presentations by churches </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Individual podcasters (often associated with a blog) </li></ul></ul>Paul Emerson Teusner - AoIR 9.0
  4. 4. Podcasts <ul><li>The Father Bob Show </li></ul><ul><li>Stupid Church People </li></ul><ul><li>Wired Jesus Podcast </li></ul><ul><li>Bored-Again Christian </li></ul><ul><li>Outchurched </li></ul><ul><li>wtfwjd </li></ul>Paul Emerson Teusner - AoIR 9.0
  5. 5. Responses to... <ul><li>Mega-church model of contemporary Evangelical Protestantism </li></ul><ul><li>Preaching and worship as performance </li></ul><ul><li>Distance of the clergy from the people </li></ul><ul><li>Passive audiences </li></ul><ul><li>Popular piety </li></ul>Paul Emerson Teusner - AoIR 9.0
  6. 6. Seek to... <ul><li>Build intimate relationships through trust </li></ul><ul><li>Irreverence </li></ul>Paul Emerson Teusner - AoIR 9.0
  7. 7. Interviews <ul><li>Audiences at first were imagined, desire to put something in the podcast ether </li></ul><ul><li>Found rhythm to each different podcast </li></ul><ul><li>Focussed on story-telling </li></ul>Paul Emerson Teusner - AoIR 9.0
  8. 8. Text <ul><li>Borrows text style from radio </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasis on story-telling </li></ul><ul><li>Sound-bytes from popular TV, radio and film </li></ul>Paul Emerson Teusner - AoIR 9.0
  9. 9. Examples <ul><li>“ Where Christian music gets saved” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I don’t like your God; your God scares me” </li></ul><ul><li>“ And now, from America, the land of TV preachers and magic Bibles...” </li></ul>Paul Emerson Teusner - AoIR 9.0
  10. 10. A web 2.0 sensitivity to Christianity <ul><li>Process of negotiation between listener as audience and listener as user </li></ul><ul><li>Desire for closeness rather than expanse </li></ul><ul><li>Process of negotiation between “disembedded”-ness of the audience and contextualisation of the message </li></ul>Paul Emerson Teusner - AoIR 9.0
  11. 11. Questions for further study... Paul Emerson Teusner - AoIR 9.0

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