Seminar: Engaging Social Media
February 22, 2020, 9am–12pm at CAC
Social media has proven useful in helping users build large personal and professional networks that, in turn, create new business and ministry opportunities, provide a common space for communities to form and cooperate, and keep families and relationships intact across great distances. There has been some recent backlash against social media, however, particularly expressed as concern over “screen time,” but little thought has gone into the worldview or underlying presuppositions of social media.
Social media is, in fact, built on top of a set of assumptions about human beings, culture, and technology that might be called media technology. This seminar will explore the technical, social, and human assumptions behind media technology, and then make some suggestions about how Christians should work to counter its effects in their lives.
Our speaker, Russ White, began working with computers in the mid-1980’s and computer networks in 1990. He has co-authored more than forty-five software patents, eleven books, and several Internet standards; developed globally recognized networking certifications; and worked in Internet governance with the Internet Society. Russ holds an MSIT from Capella University, an MACM from Shepherds Theological Seminary, and is currently a PhD candidate at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, where his primary area of focus is the impact of technology on culture and the Church. He also works with the Discovery Institute in the area of intelligent design.