Church & New Media Blogging Converts Internet Activists & Bishop
The Church needs to engage in the digital revolution.
A 25-year-old part-time blogger and full-time mechanical engineer is convinced that the Catholic Church needs to embrace new media as it did print, radio, and television. If She wants to connect with her flock, Brandon Vogt says, the Church needs to engage the digital revolution.
And some of the Church's most influential shepherds agree. With endorsements from three cardinals, two archbishops, and a Vatican communications official, Vogt has produced a groundbreaking book on technology and faith, which also includes contributions from dozens of other Catholic new media experts.
People around the world are adjusting to the greatest communication shift since the dawn of the printing press. Millions today communicate through Facebook, YouTube, blogs, and Twitter, which means the effectiveness of the Church's message depends on engaging these New Media tools.
Author Brandon Vogt - a mechanical engineer by profession - is a writer and speaker who blogs about theology, technology, social justice, and books. This rare convergence of talent and professional background has positioned him to write a primer that is virtually a stand-alone resource.
Following Pope Benedict's call to evangelize the "digital continent," The Church and New Media explores the power and risks of New Media while guiding Christians through this new digital environment.Foreword by Cardinal Seán O'Malley, O.F.M. Cap. Afterword by Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan
The book's 12 contributors are a veritable who's who of Catholic new media experts. They explore a range of new media tactics:
"I knew this book would better serve the Church if it came from multiple perspectives," Vogt explains. "So I gathered a dozen of the best new-media innovators to explain their areas of expertise. This helped the book play more like a symphony than a solo. It made the song much more alluring."
Expert contributors include: