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  • New media and public grief

    Dec 21, 2012 | New Media Project

    By Monica A. Coleman | I come from people who visit graves. My maternal grandfather died when my mother was an infant. She grew up going to visit her father’s grave. I grew up the same way. Whenever I’m in the general area of the cemetery, I go to visit, now to the graves of my maternal grandmother and my father as well.

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  • Digital religion and theological reflection

    Dec 18, 2012 | New Media Project

    By Kathryn Reklis | The recent annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion gave me a chance to connect with scholars of religion and media across the academy who work on a growing subfield called “digital religion.” Digital religion is the name given to online religious practices and offline religious practices as they are transformed by digital technologies.

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  • Top 5 challenges of using CaringBridge when something bad happens

    Dec 14, 2012 | New Media Project

    By Deanna Thompson, guest blogger | Sites like CaringBridge can be effective mediators of grace to those of us diagnosed with a serious illness or suffering the effects of a life-threatening accident (see previous post for more on that). While the potential benefits of using such sites are many, it is nevertheless the case that publicly narrating an illness for a virtual audience can present challenges, especially for those less familiar with the world of social media.

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  • When the medium is not the message

    Dec 11, 2012 | New Media Project

    By Jim Rice | The Vatican announced on December 3rd that Pope Benedict XVI had joined the Twittersphere, and within a week the pontiff had more than half a million followers. An official statement from the Holy See said, “The pope’s presence on Twitter can be seen as the ‘tip of the iceberg’ that is the church’s presence in the world of new media.”

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  • Abilene Christian University featured in Faith & Leadership

    Dec 07, 2012 | New Media Project

    By Verity A. Jones | Abilene Christian University, one of the six case study sites for the New Media Project, was profiled this week in the online magazine Faith & Leadership. The west Texas school affiliated with the Churches of Christ was selected for the New Media Project study because of its innovative mobile learning initiative, ACU Connected.

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