When Religion Meets New Media:   How to Negotiate New Technology Religiously Heidi Campbell When Religion Meets New Media ...
Exploring Religious Community Online <ul><li>Online community as supplement not substitute </li></ul><ul><ul><li>creates d...
Religious Communities Response to New Media <ul><li>Religious communities…  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Are active participants ...
Lev Manovich,  The Language of New Media  (MIT Press, 2002)
Religious Communities Response to Media (Ferre, 2003) <ul><li>Media as  Conduits   </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Positive response...
Religious-Social Shaping of Technology <ul><li>1)  History & Tradition :  Uncover history of community discourse & respons...
Catholics Views & Use of Internet <ul><li>History & Tradition:  Sacramental (community), Hierarchical (authority) and Inte...
A Theological Understanding of Technology <ul><li>Theologically informed decisions requires </li></ul><ul><ul><li>knowledg...
Implications <ul><li>Technological choices are constrained and motivated by community specific values </li></ul><ul><ul><l...
Thank You! <ul><li>Blog :   When Religion Meets New Media </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://religionmeetsnewmedia.blogspot.com/...
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When Religion Meets New Media

  1. 1. When Religion Meets New Media: How to Negotiate New Technology Religiously Heidi Campbell When Religion Meets New Media [Routledge 2010]
  2. 2. Exploring Religious Community Online <ul><li>Online community as supplement not substitute </li></ul><ul><ul><li>creates desire to go beyond screen </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>offers support & encouragement lacking in offline church </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Lessons: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Net part of Global Religious Community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online as integrated & networked </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Challenges traditional notions of gathering and authority </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Religious Communities Response to New Media <ul><li>Religious communities… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Are active participants and evaluators of technology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Undergo unique belief-based negotiation processes related to technological choices </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Lev Manovich, The Language of New Media (MIT Press, 2002)
  5. 5. Religious Communities Response to Media (Ferre, 2003) <ul><li>Media as Conduits </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Positive response to media, gift of God </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>embracing & innovative use of media </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Media as Modes of Knowing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Negative/cautious response to media </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>suspicious of use of media </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Media as Social Institution </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reflective response to media, good & bad </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>use of media as purposeful & critical </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Religious-Social Shaping of Technology <ul><li>1) History & Tradition : Uncover history of community discourse & response to tech </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Attention to community, authority & text </li></ul></ul><ul><li>(2) Core Beliefs : Identity dominant social values that shape interaction with tech </li></ul><ul><li>(3) Negotiation : Highlight the process of Acceptance, Rejection and/or Reconfiguring </li></ul><ul><li>(4) Communal Framing : Consider how new tech supports previous discourses or creates need for new patterns </li></ul>
  7. 7. Catholics Views & Use of Internet <ul><li>History & Tradition: Sacramental (community), Hierarchical (authority) and Intermediated (text) </li></ul><ul><li>Core Beliefs: Communio et Progressio , media as “gifts of God” </li></ul><ul><li>Negotiation : Social Affordance vs. Theological/Structural Constraints </li></ul><ul><li>Communal Framing : Officializing Discourse as Community Guidebook & PR </li></ul>
  8. 8. A Theological Understanding of Technology <ul><li>Theologically informed decisions requires </li></ul><ul><ul><li>knowledge of communal history and response to media </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Awareness of current culture and context of community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>attention to negotiation strategies their roots & trajectories </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>examination of internal and external discourse about technology </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Implications <ul><li>Technological choices are constrained and motivated by community specific values </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tension emerge at intersection of belief & tradition </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Thank You! <ul><li>Blog : When Religion Meets New Media </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://religionmeetsnewmedia.blogspot.com/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>New Media, Religion & Digital Culture FB group : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=147898082571&ref=mf </li></ul></ul>

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