Access and participation•access & public policy•who participates?The Church as a case study<br />Convergent Media Practices<br />BCM112<br />University of Wollongong <br />04/04/2011<br />
Stefan Gelfgren<br />email@example.com<br />http://churchandinternet.wordpress.com<br />http:// twitter.com/stefangelfgren<br />
30% of Internet users have sought religious information online as of November 2002. <br /><ul><li>That represents growth of 94%, from 18 million who had sought religious information as of March 2000, to 35 million who had done such searches as of November 2002.
Approximately 35 million Americans, or 30% of Internet users, had used the Web as a religious resource when we surveyed the topic in November 2002. </li></li></ul><li>Technological changes<br />Religious changes<br />16th century<br />4th century<br />19th century<br />20th century<br />Trend toward democratization of religious faith and practices<br />
Why the internet?<br />Once again gain relevance (in a secular society)<br />Be present where people are - convert new souls<br />Internal communication<br />Web 2.0 as a role model and to learn from it<br />Participation, building relations, networking …<br />
<ul><li>How do churches and their representatives communicate?
Who participate and have access?</li></ul>- One to many (for example from the pulpit)?<br />- The pastor/priest/ordained<br />- Many to many (for example via internet)?<br />- Anyone with skills and interest<br />
Considered to give new possibilities for the Church<br />Commitment<br />Creativity<br />Participatory culture<br />Web 2.0<br />Church 2.0?<br />UCC<br />Relations<br />Network<br />
Winter conference 2011 – joint venture between different denominations – web presence through converging media<br />
Livets Ord’s European Conference 2010<br />Benny Hinn event – with blogs, live-stream, twitter feed ...<br />
What happens when people get open access to religious faith and practices? <br />Pluralisation <br />Competition <br />Adaptation<br />Subjectivisation<br />See also: http://www.techandreligion.com/Resources/Gelfgren%20JTTR.pdf <br />