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Media lit #Digirev


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Media lit #Digirev

  1. 1. #DigiRevDr Bex Lewis, Research Fellow in Social Media& Online Learning, CODEC, Durham UniversityDirector, Digital Fingerprint@drbexl@digitalfprint@bigbible@ww2poster#MediaLit13Image Credit: Stockfresh
  2. 2. "If you want to build a presence in the social mediaplatform, then you need to be present."- @unmarketing
  3. 3. Image Credit: Stockfresh
  4. 4. Source: Netcasters
  5. 5. Source: Netcasters
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  7. 7. Think you don‟thave an onlinepresence…?… Think Again!
  8. 8. Google Search
  9. 9. Google Images
  10. 10. Search YouTube
  11. 11. “The Long Tail”Image Credit: InboundNow
  12. 12. “digital media Christian Bex”
  13. 13. “Rebecca Lewis” “KeepCalm”
  14. 14. Addictomatic: “Bex Lewis”
  15. 15. Addictomatic: “drbexl”
  16. 16. So: What might you find?
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  18. 18. What does this mean for us?A Disciple is one who, by followingJesus, grows in their faith in Christand in so doing models andteaches Christians the precepts oftheBible, prayer, doctrine, relationship,Christian living, service, andworship, to name the main ones.
  19. 19. Gary Collins (Christian LifeCoach)If youre a Christian,seeking to walk in thefootsteps of Jesus,youll approach everyaspect of your lifefrom this perspective.Your commitment toChrist will impact yourmarriage, parenting,lifestyle, values,spending, timemanagement,vocation ...Image Credit: Gary Collins website
  20. 20. #BigBible #Digidisciple Whether as a Christian or a digital explorer, you‟re anewbie or an old hat, a rookie or a bishop (and inthe digital sphere, there will be some who fit in allcategories), we all have something to contribute tothe digital space. The concept of the digital as„space‟ or a „culture‟ is important as we come froma perspective in which: As Christians we live 24/7 for God, in whateverspaces we live in or engage with… There is no such thing as „virtual‟ and „real‟ worlds:only online and offline space/cultures – theconnection between the two is different for eachindividual. We need to take seriously our Christian presenceboth online and offline. Are we the same person,living by the same values in both ‘spaces’?
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  22. 22. Who is your audience?
  23. 23. As a minister who IS youraudience? Local? Global?
  24. 24.  The humanaudience will alwaysbe the mostimportant. Inface, the wholepoint of your SEOplan is to bring inthat audience andspeak tothem, clearly, in theirown language(p102)
  25. 25.  If you want to getsomeone to takeaction, you need toget a commitmentfirst to somethingsmall that willactivate apersona, and thenyou need to ask for acommitment tosomething later (p77)
  26. 26. Who might read it?GodParents‘The kids’The newspaperYour worst enemyImage Credit: Stockfresh
  27. 27. Transformed Living…The reason why someChristians are soconstipated, miserable, judgmental, misogynistic, religious and up tight is that theywere like that before theybecame Christians! Roger Ellis Essence: The Manifesto of Jesus 2012
  28. 28. Luke 6:45 (NIV)A good man brings goodthings out of the goodstored up in his heart, andan evil man brings evilthings out of the evil storedup in his heart. For themouth speaks what theheart is full of.
  29. 29. “If an alien visited…”… and all theyhad to see wasyour Facebookpage (or other„public‟ profile)..What would theirperception ofyour life be?Image: RGB Stock
  30. 30. What Biblical values do wewant to see in our (digital)world?Image Credit: iStockPhoto
  31. 31. AuthenticityImage Credits: Seed Resources/ @digitalfprint
  32. 32. The Fruits of the Spirit: Whatdo they look like online?Image Credit: Kezi
  33. 33. Values?
  34. 34. Klout?
  35. 35. Human Beings atMachines, not “aremachines”
  36. 36. Push/Pull Media…
  37. 37. THINK: Who is myneighbour? What does it mean to „love your neighbour‟ in a world in which a„friend‟ might as easily be the kid from down the street you grew upwith as a woman in Botswana whom you‟ve never seen in person andonly know in the context of Facebook status updates, photos, andnotes? What is the nature of community at prayer in a complineservice tweeted each evening by the cybermonks of a Virtual Abbey?What is the ecclesiological and liturgical significant of worship invarious churches across the theological spectrum on the quasi-3D, virtual reality site „Second Life‟? How can we negotiate spiritualinteraction in these contexts without losing sight of basicelements of Christian faith expressed in traditional embodied andgeographically located practices of prayer, worship, andcompassion towards others? Tweet if You Heart Jesus, p.xiv
  38. 38. Social Media Surgeries
  39. 39. Carl MedearisRelax, enjoy your friends. Enjoytheir company along with thecompany of Jesus. Point himout, freely, without fear orintimidation. You’re notresponsible to sell him to them.You‟re simply saying whatyou‟ve seen. Youre not thejudge. You‟re the witness.
  40. 40. Love our neighbour asourselves?“…Out of a commitment to an idealof Christian relatedness that sees usall as God’s children, each worthy ofattention and care.” (p.145) Where is the balance between conserving oursanity/deeper relationships, and ensuring that all feelvalued? What about friendship ‘clearouts’?
  41. 41. The God Slot?
  42. 42. How do you feel aboutthese?
  43. 43. Darren Hill, Seed ResourcesAll these great Bibleverses arrive on my feedwithout any context,background orexplanation. As believerswe are fine with this, weof course know thecontext to any text thatappears online… don‟twe? But what abouteveryone else? Credit: Darren Hill
  44. 44. How do we deal with thethings that divide us?Image Credit: Seed Resources
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  48. 48. 1 Peter 3:15 (The Message) Be ready to speak up and tell anyone who askswhy you‟re living the way you are, and alwayswith the utmost courtesy. Keep a clearconscience before God so that when peoplethrow mud at you, none of it will stick. They‟ll endup realizing that they’re the ones who need abath.
  49. 49. THINK: What does it mean toshare graciously?Image Credit: Seed Resources
  50. 50. Thinking?
  51. 51. Credit: Andrew Flynn
  52. 52. Cris RogersWe need tospend timein hispresenceand then wewill havesomething tosay.
  53. 53. Copyright Really important to be aware of…!!
  54. 54. Image Sources, e.g.FREEFlickr Creative Commons: (3 a week)PAID
  55. 55. Agree a (flexible) SocialMedia PolicyImage credit: SXC.Hu
  56. 56.’t overthink. Running throughcommittees, endless drafts and approvalprocesses to get a response out therecan cause far more damage than good.As long as you have taken the time toassess the situation and can take arational, respectful tone in yourresponse, even an awkward response isOK to start with, and buys you time tocontinue to respond to the problem.
  57. 57. Don‟t forget…Image Credit: Stockfresh
  58. 58. Principles of GoodEngagement•Be interesting•Be encouraging•Be active•Be helpful•Be authenticHT @vahva
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  60. 60. James 2:17So you see, faith byitself isnt enough.Unless it produces gooddeeds, it is dead anduseless.New Living Translation (©2007)

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  63. 63. Some good advice from@ianaspin: Care for others - genuinely Know that the world doesn‟t revolve around you Be „remarkable‟, be different Earn the right to have others take notice of you Be grateful if ONE person cares what you‟re doing Have something to say that matters Do stuff that matters – make an impact Strive to bring value to everyone you connect with Be fantastically generous with our time, money, and kindness Be outrageously committed to making the world better It‟s all about relationships – build & nurture them Thanks @ianaspin (
  64. 64. To Think Over: What are your10 online commandments?Image Credit: FreeBibleImages
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  66. 66. @drbexl @digitalfprint @bigbible Credit: iStockPhoto