A Social Media Problem Bigger Than Censorship (12.09.21)

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This week we’re going to be talking about social media censorship. Many Christians believe this to be a major problem – perhaps even THE major problem – with social media. While censorship is a matter of concern, should we think of it as the biggest problem we face as Christians on social media? We’re going to discuss that on this episode.Continue Reading

Book Review: The Wisdom Pyramid

The Wisdom Pyramid (cover)With the rise of the internet and the instantaneous communication and continuous stream of information that is now available to us through our computers and smart phones, there is a real danger that we may be consuming too much of what is harmful, frivolous, inaccurate, and inferior, and not enough of what can provide us with the wisdom that comes from above. As we learn how to manage our use of such technology, we need to make sure we keep it in its proper place so that (1) it does not hinder our pursuit of God and His wisdom and (2) we can actually derive some benefit from this technology. (Yes, both are possible.)

After seeing a recommendation for this book – The Wisdom Pyramid by Brett McCracken – I immediately put it on my reading list because it seemed like an essential topic. I finished reading it about six weeks ago and would definitely recommend it.Continue Reading

The Ancient Paths in a Digital Age (09.23.21)

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Last week we talked about one of the wrong ways to use social media. However, just because there’s a wrong way to use it does not mean that we should not use it at all. There is good that can be done IF we use it the right way. We’re going to talk about how we can do that today.

The episode today is from an article that I posted a few months ago – The Ancient Paths in a Digital Age. We’ll be going over the points made in that article today.

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Online Engagement and Moral Outrage (09.16.21)

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This week we’re going to be talking about moral outrage on social media. Everyone who uses social media – and many who don’t – recognize that many users express hatred and animosity toward others on social media. But why? Especially when some of these people would not talk this way to others in person. We’re going to discuss that in our episode today.

New Research: More Engagement Promotes More Outrage Online

“Earlier this month, researchers William Brady, Killian McLoughlin, Tuan Doan, and Molly Crockett published a study in Science Advances called, “How social learning amplifies moral outrage expression in online social networks.

“The study is the first of its kind. It provides real, statistical data to support the general belief that moral outrage posted to social media yields high engagement, which means it leads to more moral outrage being posted to social media.

“This is logical, isn’t it? It makes sense that if moral outrage posted to social media yields a high number of engagements—likes, shares, retweets, comments, etc.—it would encourage users to post more content that expresses moral outrage. I think this is logical because, for untold numbers of social media users, the goal of posting content online is to harvest as much attention as possible, and engagement on posted content is the surest evidence of earned attention that we have on social media.” (Terms of Service)

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The Number of Adults Who Are “Almost Constantly” on the Internet (05.06.21)

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This week we’re going to be talking about how much Americans use the internet – particularly those who say they are “almost constantly” online. This is an opportunity to examine ourselves and our use of the internet. It also gives us something to consider as to what opportunities this puts before us in terms of reaching people with the gospel.Continue Reading

The Ancient Paths in a Digital Age

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Thus says the Lord, ‘Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; and you will find rest for your souls. But they said, “We will not walk in it”’” (Jeremiah 6:16).

In the context of the passage above, God’s people had departed from His ways; therefore, judgment was coming against them. However, God offered them an opportunity to repent and avoid calamity – to return to the “ancient paths.” Sadly though, they were not willing to do this.

Today, while so many have turned from God, there are still faithful individuals like Jeremiah who echo this call – to return to God and His word and to follow the Lord’s ways. Even with all of the changes and advancements that have taken place in our society, this message is still just as needed.

Regarding the changes and advancements we have seen in our time, perhaps the most significant is the rise of the internet and social media. It has been noted that we are living through “the biggest communication shift in the last 500 years.”* We are now able to communicate with people all around the world and do so instantly. We have access to more information than at any time in human history. The advent of the internet and social media has been as significant in our time as the invention of the printing press was in its time. Of course, not everyone was able to read then, just as not everyone uses the internet and social media today; but its impact is undeniable.

There are many potential uses for digital communication and social media – news, information, entertainment, sports, connecting with family and friends, and so on. However, what we want to focus on here is how we can potentially use these mediums for good and to help lead others to Christ.Continue Reading

Social Issues (Part 11): Social Media

Social Issues

Social media refers to the online networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) that allow users to communicate with one another via text posts, photos, videos, and more. It is one of the more significant technological breakthroughs of our time.

Like other technological advances [previous lesson], social media is not good or bad in itself – it depends on how it is used and what our attitude is toward it. Some will avoid social media altogether, possibly even discouraging or condemning others for using it. Some will immerse themselves in social media to the point of excess and the detriment of their personal relationships, work responsibilities, and overall health.Continue Reading