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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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  • Sharing the gospel and new media: Preach the gospel, and if necessary, use new media

    Sep 01, 2016 | New Media Project

    By Nick Buck | Without question, doing ministry in the contemporary digital context can seem daunting. Seemingly every day something new arrives on the digital scene, and while new tools and features will continue to emerge and platforms will continue to change, a very important truth is worth remembering: the gospel isn’t what is changing.

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  • Sharing the gospel and new media: Encountering the good news in your newsfeed

    May 12, 2016 | New Media Project

    By Sister Julie Vieira | Billboards and signs are all around us! On my short 1.7 mile commute each day I pass by a stream of messages advertising everything from hamburgers to deals on car insurance. It’s not always easy to connect with each and every message but once in a while I hit upon one that is exactly what I need! (What? The International Cat Show here in Toledo??) Social media can sometimes feel like driving by billboard after billboard, sign after sign, message after message.

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