Christians abroad in a digital landscape

Much has been written elsewhere about Pope Benedict XVI’s message for World Day of Social Communications on January 24th, and I won’t repeat it here. Suffice it to say that his call to embrace the possibilities and recognise the dangers of the digital landscape is timely for those of us who spend much our time living in it. As he points out, we must find a way to be authentically Christian and wonderfully human in this new territory. Mind you, as a forty-comething I’m not too sure about his  call to ‘young people to make good use of their presence in the digital world’ . Am I too late?

Over the past few days I have been gleaning insights from a number of friends online about their ‘3 golden rules’ for communicating on social media. Responses have been limited so far, but even from those I have received, an interesting pattern is emerging, as you can see from the wordle below.

Some of the things which strike me are:

  • be– we are defined by our being more than our doing in virtual life as in real life
  • engage – we must truly engage with these media if we are to have an impact – which means time and effort
  • you – communication on these platforms needs personality, or it is dull and insipid

What strikes you? Your insights on this, or your further contributions to the list of “3 golden rules” would be hugely appreciated.