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1 Rebooting Our Faith: How cell phones, Facebook & text messages alter our fundamental operating system. Dr. Peggy Kendall Department of Communication Studies Bethel University

2 How is life today different?

3 Goal See the impact Become intentional

4 Overview Week 1: The reality challenge Week 2: The value challenge Week 3: The friendship challenge Week 4: The faith challenge

5 For every good thing technology gives us, it also takes something away. Neil Postman

6 The Alias Factor

7 Second Life

8 21.3 million registered accounts in 2010 At any one time, there are approximately 40,000 people logged in Gross Resident Earnings = $55 million, total economy = $567 million

9 Classrooms

10 Churches

11 Love

12 Second Life Benefits Be yourself No limitations Meet new people Problems Deception Not real Disembodiment

13 Mediated Lives

14 What parts of your life are mediated?

15 Why do we choose a mediated option? Photo: Romantic Evening, Technology-Style by Mrs. Maze, Flickr.com ConvenientControllable

16 Results?

17 Real Friendships

18 Real Adventure Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.

19 Discussion Questions What do you think you miss when you arent living in the here and now? What parts of your life are most mediated? How can you add a little real adventure into your life?

20 Homework Assignment Technology Fast

21 Discussion Questions Share with your group the types of communication technology you use (i.e. Facebook, texting, Skype, etc…) Pick one or two types of technology and brainstorm all of the positive things about that technology Then brainstorm all of the negative things about the technology


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