So, back at my desk after RC Congress 2010 in Chicago, sippin’ a joe and thinking about the lecture ‘o’ wild projections of Dr. Jeff Cole with the World Internet Project at the USC Annenburg School & Center for the Digital Future.
While they will pry it from my cold, dead hands, Dr. Jeff says the New York Times will be gone in 5 years (at least the paper version). Somehow, Sundays curled up with a coffee and the NYT on an iPad just won’t be the same…I digress…
Dr. Cole, based on his research, issued a challenge to the Churches: since social media is here to stay, the Church had better at least understand it, if not use it (adapt or die time!)
Now I see this interesting post from secular journalist Erik Sass on how the great spiritual awakenings we have seen in the U.S. over time (5 so far, #6 in the works…) have always used the latest communication technology. So that means, you guessed it, social media will be at the center of the next great spiritual movement in society. And the Churches will be in keeping with tradition if it uses the latest technology to reach out to spiritual searchers…so get ready to pitch your next camp meeting on Ning or Facebook!
Read more on this, dear bloggites, with Jeff Sass.