The Digital Media Movement

As Haiti moves toward recovery and as Christians look at how faith is reflected in major issues confronting the world such as this one, I am interviewing knowledgeable people who can offer insight on the interaction between faith and culture.

These interviews may be in podcast format, video or Skype, depending on circumstances and our capacity to reach them.

You may have noticed that United Methodist Communications has moved into providing content through digital media in a big way. You can get updates on Facebook and Twitter, through email and online at umc.org, umcom.org and rethinkchurch.org.

The world is moving at breakneck speed to online distribution of meaningful content. And we are using cell phones, laptops and desktops among other tools to receive this content.

A recent study by the Kaiser Family Foundation reports that 8- to 18-year-olds are living their waking hours online. They pack in 10 hours and 45 minutes receiving and distributing media content every day, according to the Kaiser report.

In every age group, the movement to digital media is growing rapidly. On behalf of the church, we at United Methodist Communications seek to engage, inform and inspire—and we recognize we must do this with every tool at our disposal.

Digital media are about more than one-way information, of course. They are about conversation, participation and interaction. My hope is that the informed material we offer about Haiti will carry out these three goals.

I also hope you will give me feedback about what you would like to see discussed and persons you would like to hear from.

One Response to “The Digital Media Movement”

  1. shaneontheroad January 22, 2010 at 3:14 pm #

    We (as the church) are delivering vast content largely for general consumption in public space. We are talking without any gatekeepers to everyone all at once. That is exciting and important when we’ve so often been at the mercy of catching the interest of religion editors and local media.

    How do we do take the next step and package content for differentiated audiences. That is to say both how do we find our niche audiences in this public space and how do we safely deliver niche content content in a public space.

    How do we deliver complex messeges that require a progression of education, revelation and understanding like you accomplish in a tv documentary or study series. Where does the analysis and reflection that so often comes from the pulpit fit into this. How do we deliver information to leadership/membership that assumes a different understanding and starting point.

    How do we think out loud as a church and candidly discuss and debate in a safe place those complex issues that we struggle with. It can become a public airing of dirty laundry.

    We’ve had labels of antisemitism applied to a church justice organization in Canada as churches debate out loud in public spaces about a boycott of certain middle east products…they decided no boycott but the discussion is now public record and their govenment funding gone.

    Shane

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