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Social Media & Interreligious Understanding

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Slides from a presentation for Campus Ministry, titled: "Social Media Sites and Interreligious Understanding." In this presentation I discuss the challenges sparked by misrepresentation of religions in social media and methods for civil discourse and dialogue.

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Social Media & Interreligious Understanding

  1. 1. SOCIAL MEDIA SITES& Interreligious Understanding
  2. 2. 2006 TIME MAGAZINE Person of the Year
  3. 3. The Social Media “Revolution”Source Public
  4. 4. The Social Media “Revolution”Source Public Media as Gatekeeper
  5. 5. The Social Media “Revolution”Source Public No more Gatekeepers
  6. 6. “Everyone has a voice now”
  7. 7. “Everyone has a voice now”
  8. 8. A VOICE FOR EVERYONEThe drawbacks
  9. 9. A VOICE FOR EVERYONEThe drawbacks
  10. 10. "Why do they not respect us?" asked Jamal. "We do not burntheir Christian books, so they need to understand that theQuran is our most holy book." - The Guardian
  11. 11. One extremist with 50 followers & a voice shapes their view ofChristianity. We see these pics & they in turn shape our viewof Islam.
  12. 12. More drawbacks:
  13. 13. More drawbacks: Birds of a feather flock together
  14. 14. More drawbacks: Birds of a feather tweet together “narrowcasting”, “echo chamber”
  15. 15. 3SITES DialogueInterreligious FOR
  16. 16. Purpose-Specific Sites:General Sites: News Sites:
  17. 17. Purpose-Specific Sites: Echo-chamber?General Sites: News Sites:
  18. 18. Purpose-Specific Sites: Echo-chamber? General Sites: News Sites:Echo-chamber?
  19. 19. Purpose-Specific Sites: Echo-chamber? General Sites: News Sites:Echo-chamber?Personal branding pressures
  20. 20. Purpose-Specific Sites: Echo-chamber? General Sites: News Sites:Echo-chamber? Greater intolerance inPersonal branding pressures comments section
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  25. 25. WHY DOES INTOLERANCEseem to thrive on news site forums
  26. 26. “ When people can be territorially separated, the question of hatred becomes lessened. - Clay Shirky “
  27. 27. Greater levels of religious and cultural intolerancebecause we are forced to share the same virtual space?
  28. 28. “ Generally speaking, the tribalism we see in the physical church, and even in Christian events and festivals, is less pronounced in the twitterverse. “ - Martin Saunders
  29. 29. “ Generally speaking, the tribalism we see in the physical church, and even in Christian events and festivals, is less pronounced in the twitterverse. “ - Martin Saunders Physical borders: Shared Virtual Space: Tribalism Greater Unity
  30. 30. “ Generally speaking, the tribalism we see in the physical church, and even in Christian events and festivals, is less pronounced in the twitterverse. “ - Martin Saunders Physical borders: Shared Virtual Space: Only in intrareligious Tribalism Greater Unity discourse?
  31. 31. Encouraging Civil DialogueTIPS FOR ORGANIZATIONS
  32. 32. Encouraging Civil DialogueTIPS FOR ORGANIZATIONS• Set tone with a code-of-conduct• Moderate comments• Direct the conversation • Use questions/prompts • Add commentary to links
  33. 33. Example Code-of-Conduct
  34. 34. Example Code-of-Conduct
  35. 35. Using Civil DialogueIN YOUR INTERACTIONS
  36. 36. Using Civil DialogueIN YOUR INTERACTIONS• Use the social web to educate yourself• Listen before you speak • Check accuracy of perceptions• Recognize differences• Confront stereotypes • We rely on them more online
  37. 37. CREDITS Dr. Corinne Weisgerber St. Edward’s UniversityBlog: http://socialmediaprclass.blogspot.com Email: corinnew@stedwards.edu Twitter: @corinnew

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