In a previous post, @larryhol commented, and since comments on my blog do not get out to the twitter stream, I thought this should be. (That would be a good addition/tweak to the WP plugin that tweets the posts: creating a tweet to the comment, and if the comment has used the twitter login to my blog, tweet it as â€œin reply toâ€ the tweet that was generated by the blog post. )
This is a key issue. Youâ€™re asking the â€œrightâ€ question, I think. And I have been wondering how online community can affect us emotionally and psychologically, in ways that are also important in face to face relationships. What does connection mean online in a deeper definition than point to point communication. What is interpersonal connection is made? And if Iâ€™m needing emotional support can it happen meaningfully online? And does online lead to face to face, especially in a world thatâ€™s isolating and anonymous?
These are some of the thoughts your question leads me to think about.
Thanks for your comments. I think that this highlights the need for a discerning what we are doing online, for the sake of those we claim to be serving by being there. If we simply just â€œjump inâ€ and â€œget on Facebookâ€ or â€œon Twitterâ€, we do not give proper attention to the channel and its possible implications on human interaction, and on individual persons. There is, for me, a very palpable sense that the church often does all this to show its â€œcoolnessâ€ and â€œrelevanceâ€ rather than out of an authentic desire to listen. And this has often been born out as I â€œshow upâ€ in a ftf church setting. The energy in amny cases seems to moving out of the social context in which we move about and relate ftf, and into a world of â€œalways connectedâ€; the â€œhyperconnectivityâ€ that Jesse Rice observes in his book â€œThe Church of Facebookâ€.
IMHO, the church needs to be about getting with the program of paying much better attention to socio/psychological implications of online interaction and challenge the blanket adoption of everything â€œsocial mediaâ€, not in order to reject it, but to better utilize it, and be â€œpastorsâ€ in that space.
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