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  • Media blackout as spiritual light

    Sep 18, 2012 | New Media Project

    By Kathryn Reklis | On Friday, September 14, Fordham University hosted Stephen Colbert, celebrity comedian and satirist, and Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Roman Catholic Archbishop of New York, in a public conversation on humor and joy in the spiritual life, an event, according to Laurie Goodstein, that “may have been the most successful Catholic youth evangelization event since Pope John Paul II last appeared at World Youth Day.”

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  • Linked—to whom?

    Sep 14, 2012 | New Media Project

    By Robert Saler, guest blogger | A great deal of attention has been paid in recent years to how churches can use social media to advance their mission—outreach, evangelism, connection, social justice work, etc. In my observation, these discussions generally center on how the use of such media affects the church. However, what about the reverse question: how does Christian use of new media affect the assumptions that govern such media? Can it do so at all?

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  • Technology and the City of God

    Sep 11, 2012 | New Media Project

    By Jim Rice | Augustine’s City of God offers helpful principles for approaching the moral questions around our use of technology—which is pretty impressive, given that it was written 16 centuries ago, around the fall of the Roman Empire. The chariots and swords of the fifth century A.D. may bear little resemblance to the technology of today, but the Augustinian tools for moral assessment are surprisingly relevant to contemporary issues.

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  • Cat videos make me smile

    Sep 07, 2012 | New Media Project

    By Verity A. Jones | Last week, a remarkable event took place—the inaugural Internet Cat Video Film Festival at Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. Ten thousand people showed up, many sporting cat themed t-shirts or furry ears and whiskers, for the 75-minute screening of the 79 cat videos that made the cut.

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  • Fools for Truth

    Sep 04, 2012 | New Media Project

    By Jason Byassee | One of the frequent apologies for new media is that it democratizes access to news. At least since John Milton, Westerners have had confidence that the more the information gets out, the more the truth will win out (Milton himself capitalized Truth in an explicit reference to God in Doug Underwood’s From Yahweh to Yahoo!: The Religious Roots of the Secular Press).

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