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