Has the web changed the way we talk about our faith?

Posted: August 14, 2012 in Entertainment/Media, Life As We Know It!
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How can you squander even one more day not taking advantage of the greatest shifts of our generation? How dare you settle for less when the world has made it so easy for you to be remarkable?” – Seth Godin

You are what you tweet.” –Alex Tew

If the digital and social media realm can be applauded for anything, it would likely be for the instant ability to connect and share with a global community, and a platform for our voice and ideas to be heard.  Close your eyes and imagine the world 10…15…23 years ago when you still had to be a ‘somebody’ in order for you to have any sort of media audience.  The internet was still in its infancy stages back in 1998 (only 14 years ago) and Youtube has only been on the scene since 2005, yet most of us wonder how we ever got through a day without digital connections!  Now all you need is a camera, a web service provider, a Youtube account, and the time to gather your thoughts and toss them into cyberspace for the world to see & hear!

Yes the world-wide-web has certainly changed how the world operates, and especially in how our culture communicates. Unlike our faded memories of yester-year when global communication was still in the league of the uber-influential, today’s social media and digital access has allowed everyone and anyone to stand center-stage and let their voice be heard.  The Internet is changing the way in which we engage in cultural conversation about ‘faith’, yet has it helped to create more meaningful dialogue, or has it encouraged more ‘flame thrower’ or ‘grenade tossers’ to sneak in for hit-and-run attacks?  You know these kinds of people…the ones that love to jump into a forum discussion and douse fire all over and toss verbal grenades to stir the pot…then they duck out and bring their carnage somewhere else!  They’re basically the ones that like to shove information down your throat and prove their info is better than yours, hence turning the conversation into a monologue.

So with all the advantages and opportunities the internet and social  media have brought our way, how has it changed the way Christians go about faith conversations?  Has it changed anything?  Is the internet the ideal place, or even a good place to engage in faith and spiritual conversations?

I think one of the best things the web has done is widen the stage for people to share their stories.  There’s something very powerful about a story, whether it’s a personal story, a fictional, dramatic, funny, over-the-top story…we love to hear stories.  They connect us and bring us into places we’ve either been to, or desire to be.  Stories inspire and capture our hearts and imaginations.  They remind us, challenge us, convict us, encourage us.  So how is the internet changing the way in which a Christian can engage in the story of others around them, and share their own faith journey story in meaningful conversation?

In this video, David Dorn and Dan Brown discuss some of these questions in about 3 1/2 minutes.

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