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  • New media materials

    Mar 27, 2017 | New Media Project

    By Nick Buck | I recently had the pleasure of leading a workshop on behalf of the New Media Project, sponsored by the Center for Congregations and held at Christian Theological Seminary, on new media and ministry. Throughout my presentation, I referenced and used a few resources I want to make readily available here.

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  • Divided presence

    Feb 06, 2017 | New Media Project

    Being with, or being present to, is essentially meaningful, attentive relating. As such, it is demanding on those of us who labor under the conditions of finitude. Our being is limited and can be exhausted. We have only so much presence to give, only so many to whom we can be present.

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  • The selfie, pt. II: Digital presence

    Jan 09, 2017 | New Media Project

    By Nick Buck | If I am at least partially correct about this, that some of the impulse for social media use is attributable to a socializing impulse felt most acutely by those who have become isolated, then a number of questions emerge. One of the more interesting ones is: what does it mean to be with someone, and can that happen digitally?

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  • The selfie, pt. I: What is it, really?

    Nov 11, 2016 | New Media Project

    Often seen as evidence of overgrown narcissism at best and an indication of psychopathology at worst, it is worth considering an alternate way of understanding the phenomenon. It seems to me, rather, that the selfie is far more complex than these overly simplistic dismissals, and it provides a window into the nature of social media.

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  • On the relationship between religion and technology: Quarrelling with Yuval Harari

    Oct 10, 2016 | New Media Project

    By Nick Buck | Yuval Harari’s recent article in the New Statesman, “Salvation by algorithm: God, technology and the new 21st-century religions,” invites considerable reflection on questions about the nature of religion and the development of technology. At the heart of the article, Harari provokes a number of questions about the relationship between religion and technology that deserve reflection.

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