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CT2010: Dialogue session 3: Who am I? Media, Identity & Worldviews


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The third of four sessions by Margunn Serigstad Dahle of Gimlekollen School of Journalism and Communications, Norway, and Tony Watkins of Damaris Trust, UK, on popular culture at the Third Lausanne Congress, Cape Town, October 2010.

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CT2010: Dialogue session 3: Who am I? Media, Identity & Worldviews

  1. 1. Who am I? Media, Identity & Worldviews Margunn Serigstad Dahle,Tony Watkins and Lars Dahle
  2. 2. Who am I?
  3. 3. Who am I?
  4. 4. context for identity formation media and popular culture
  5. 5. Youth . . . need the media for guidance and nurture in a society where other social institutions, such as the family and the school, do not shape the youth culture as powerfully as they once did. Mueller
  6. 6. popular media mirror mould
  7. 7. plurality of worldview perspectives
  8. 8. Key question: What is the view of humanity?
  9. 9. Personal identity/identities?
  10. 10. constructed / given?
  11. 11. content for identity formation media and popular culture
  12. 12. Marshall McCluhan
  13. 13. Human beings don’t have any core identity any longer. Their only identity is what can be found as image in the eyes of others. Erling Rimehaug
  14. 14. Clothe me by seeing me
  15. 15. You are what you present yourself as and what others see
  16. 16. Madonna icon of postmodernity
  17. 17. Do I have to change my name? Will it get me far? Should I lose some weight? Am I gonna be a star? I tried to be a boy I tried to be a girl I tried to be a mess I tried to be the best I guess I did it wrong That’s why I wrote this song This type of modern life Is it for me? This type of modern life Is it for free?
  18. 18. You are whom you are with
  19. 19. Are we who our friends make us?
  20. 20. I’m an assured, receptive, responsive woman of substance. My sense of self comes not from other people, but from . . . from myself!? Can that be right? Bridget Jones’s Diary
  21. 21. You are what you live out
  22. 22. You are what you possess
  23. 23. You are what you achieve
  24. 24. Antz
  25. 25. ? What do you think the media does to you? How does it shape a sense of identity?
  26. 26. Douglas Rushkoff © Johannes Kroemer. Used by permission
  27. 27. mediascape
  28. 28. The media shape our reality
  29. 29. It is just the literature that we read for ‘amusement’, or ‘purely for pleasure’ that may have the greatest and least suspected influence upon us. It is the literature that we read with the least effort that can have the easiest and most insidious influence upon us. T.S. Eliot Selected Essays (Faber and Faber, 1932)
  30. 30. facebook
  31. 31. 518 million active users
  32. 32. 35 million users update status daily
  33. 33. 100 million photos uploaded daily
  34. 34. 55
  35. 35. youtube
  36. 36. 40%
  37. 37. twitter
  38. 38. Percentage of US teens aged 12–17 who: use social networks share content blog use Twitter 0 20 40 60 80
  39. 39. techno-nomads
  40. 40. omnivorous freedom
  41. 41. freedom to behold
  42. 42. freedom to seek distraction
  43. 43. distraction from distraction
  44. 44. enjoy rootlessness
  45. 45. enjoy fleeting experiences
  46. 46. fun
  47. 47. stimulation
  48. 48. feelings
  49. 49. The most important thing about the communications we live among is that . . . they saturate our way of life with a promise of feeling. Todd Gitlin Media Unlimited (2002)
  50. 50. ‘the frantic desire for the almost real’ (Umberto Eco)
  51. 51. self
  52. 52. Who am I?
  53. 53. individual/community
  54. 54. All who make idols are nothing, and the things they treasure are worthless. Those who would speak up for them are blind; they are ignorant, to their own shame. Isaiah 44:9 59
  55. 55. good things
  56. 56. ultimate things
  57. 57. We think that idols are bad things, but that is almost never the case.The greater the good, the more likely we are to expect that it can satisfy our deepest needs and hopes.Anything can serve as a counterfeit god, especially the very best things in life. Tim Keller
  58. 58. We love idols.We trust idols.We obey idols.We look to idols to love us and provide value, beauty, sense of significance and worth. Tim Keller
  59. 59. Hell is just a freely chosen identity, based on something else besides God, going on for ever. Tim Keller
  60. 60. Do not conform to the pattern of this world. (Romans 12:1)
  61. 61. ? What do we mean by personal identity? How does the holistic biblical view of humanity shape our identity? How do the media affect the formation of identity in young people in our own cultural contexts? How should we approach personal identity and the media in relation to our preaching, Christian communities and pastoral care?
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