Posts Tagged ‘Social Media’

The invisible string between religious proselytizing and influencing

Thursday, March 18th, 2021
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I’ve been thinking about religion, my own relationship to it, and how it shows up when I observe influencers. These dense subjects arose for me after this New York Times op-ed about how influencers have kind of become secular morality preachers was published last week, just as religion came up in a discussion group I’m Read more

The empty religions of Instagram

Thursday, March 11th, 2021
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On Instagram, I follow 700 people, mostly women. One hundred of those women follow Glennon Doyle, whose memoir “Untamed” has been on the Times best-seller list for 51 weeks. Fans of Ms Doyle’s gospel, an accessible combination of self-care, activism and tongue-in-cheek Christianity (“Jesus loves me, this I know, for he gave me Lexapro”), can Read more

Social media post prompts ‘disturbing’ classroom assault

Monday, December 7th, 2020

Social media was used to post a video of an assault in a Greymouth school classroom last week. Two Greymouth High School girls have been suspended after they stormed into a classroom at John Paul II High School and assaulted a junior girl. A third girl filmed the attack and then posted the video on Read more

Catholic ‘influencers’ use TikTok for community and evangelisation

Thursday, October 1st, 2020
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When Amber-Rose Schneider first joined TikTok — the snappy, short-form social media app with more than 1 billion users worldwide — she wanted to see more young teenage creators like herself, who reflected her Catholic beliefs. A self-described “cradle Catholic” and graphic design student at Liberty University, Schneider, now 21, began using her TikTok as Read more

Making family feeling supported the first priority for principal

Thursday, September 10th, 2020
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The principal of a West Auckland school with a student hit by coronavirus said her priority was to make sure that the affected student and her family “feel completely supported by us.” Anna Swann, the principal of St Dominic’s Catholic College, is strongly urging people not to lay blame on those who are sick after Read more

Hate speech legislation on hold till after election

Thursday, June 25th, 2020
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A proposal that could make hate speech a criminal offence has been stalled and is unlikely to pass before the election. The Government fast-tracked a review of hate speech legislation in the wake of the March 15 Christchurch terror attack last year. Justice Minister Andrew Little declared existing legislation on the issue “woefully inadequate.” Following Read more

Holy Week and Easter see huge online engagement

Thursday, April 16th, 2020

The Vatican’s online Holy Week and Easter events reached millions of people around the world. New viewers, followers and fans inspired by Pope Francis’ words and gestures were among those taking part. “We have been struck by the many emails we have received, comments and posts on our social media from people, even agnostics and Read more

Irish archbishop notes ‘nastiness and bitterness’ of Catholics on social media

Monday, November 4th, 2019

Dublin’s archbishop has warned against the “nastiness and bitterness” of Catholics on social media, saying people will only be attracted to the Church if they encounter “people of joy.” Archbishop Diarmuid Martin was speaking at a Mass Oct. 20 commemorating the canonization of John Henry Newman, the founder of what is now University College Dublin. Read more

Invest big in media says Pope

Thursday, September 26th, 2019

No investment is too big to spread the Word of God through media, Pope Francis says. On Monday he spoke to group of bishops and media professionals at the start of the plenary assembly of the Dicastery for Communications, which was held at the Vatican from Monday until Wednesday this week. Communication is a mission Read more

Bishops take aim at Facebook, Google and Twitter

Thursday, September 5th, 2019

Australia’s Catholic bishops say tech giants like Facebook, Google and Twitter put profits before people. In their view, the companies should be fined for spreading fake news and offensive content. The conference points out that social media platforms’ core business is to sell advertising and maximise profits. The bishops want greater regulation of digital platforms Read more