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The social media digest (bumper links edition)

Social media continues to dominate debate, shape conversations and it both broadens and narrows, unites and divides. In this post you’ll find a large number of articles handily grouped together to help you navigate your way through the tricky new waters of life in a social media age. I’ve noticed that people tend to use technology and social media interchangeably, most likely because the tool for both is their smartphone. In this set of articles I’ve tried to limit it more specifically to social media – the use and sharing…

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Social media, privacy & being a product

For years I’ve railed against the dangers of consumerism in which every aspect of our life is treated as a consumer experience and that life in all it’s wonder and mystery can be repackaged and sold to you. Consumerism as a means by which humans gain identity, beauty, redemption, purpose, hope, joy and so on is a terrible substitute for the real things but we no longer know how to find or access the real. Anyway what has this to do with social media? Well, for perhaps the first time,…

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Rethinking my use of social media

At some point last autumn I did something, that was for me, quite radical. I deleted Twitter from my phone. I dislike Facebook and have never allowed it on my phone, I briefly had Instagram but quickly tired of people posing. Twitter though was, for me,  different. It’s been my favoured social media network for years. It was a source of news, interesting images, facts, articles, comedy and conversation. I’ve evaluated my use of social media before but if I’m being honest I didn’t follow through and make any substantial…

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My favoured social media, apps & tools

I engage with lots of apps, tools and networks every day, as I’m sure do you, but I’m learning. Here is what I’ve learned and what I still need help with. Networks Twitter: this is my favoured network and also my favoured time-wasting tool. I have a voracious appetite for news, interesting articles, blogs, general knowledge, theology and nothing, bar nothing, gives me more useful, interesting and thought-provoking leads than twitter. It’s also useful for insulting mouthy wanna-be mancunians. You know who you are. I use Hootsuite on my laptop but…

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Evaluating my use of social media

Social media is a voracious animal, always hungry, always moving, always devouring. What it mostly devours is my time and focus. I constantly fight against distraction and social media is my favoured form of procrastination. I can somehow feel that I am doing something (keeping up with friends or supporters) while actually doing nothing which is keeping me from doing anything satisfying. This is not a new struggle for me (having first mentioned it back in 2010 and again in 2011) but the New Year, as with many other things,…

What social media does to your brain

Now is the time for New Years resolutions and bold attempts to chart a new course. For me, each year comes with adjustments, tweaks and nudges in a constant search for a better balance in life, better use of my time and above all to help me know God better. You may be thinking about tackling the more addictive habits in your life (whatever they are), so take a moment to consider whether social media is on your list? There may be one very good reason you use it quite…

The gender conversation 8: Media & blogging

There’s no doubting that gender continues to occupy a lot of time, space & energy in the church. It regularly raises the emotions and generates a lot of heat and little light. It can also put Christians into camps where the ‘the other side’ can be seen, talked about & treated as a problem or worse ‘the enemy’. In the church this is nothing short of disastrous. So I’ve invited Hannah Mudge to a blog conversation with me about faith and gender. Click here for part 1, part 2, part…