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What it was designed to do.
 
A Review of 

Anti-social Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy
Siva Vaidhyanathan

Hardback: Oxford UP, 2018
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Reviewed by Jeff Nelson
 
 
“The problem with Facebook is Facebook.” That is the title of the introduction to Siva Vaidhyanathan’s extensive writing on the effects that social media has had on the world, on individual cultures, and on individual people. And yet, positioning Facebook as a problem rather than an aid or benefit to social interaction, personal connection, gathering around mutual interests, and political activism might be a hard sell for the millions of people who use it around the world every day. As you might imagine, Vaidyanathan is up to that task, and presents his case in methodical fashion.

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Opening the Channels for Deeper, More Integrated Life Together

A Review of

The Definitive-ish Guide For Using Social Media in the Church

Bruce Reyes-Chow

Ebook: Shook Foil Books, 2012.
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Reviewed by C. Christopher Smith

Although it is an introductory guide, pastor and seasoned blogger Bruce Reyes-Chow’s  new  ebook The Definitive-ish Guide For Using Social Media in the Church is certainly a useful tool for getting congregations to explore the possibilities of social media in enriching their shared life.  In reading the ebook, I was reminded of a story that Bill McKibben tells in his recent book EAARTH about a neighborhood in Burlington, VT that – in contrast to the common perception of the Internet as isolating people from their real-life neighbors – has used internet technology to connect neighbors and help them live more integrated lives in their place.  I share Reyes-Chow’s hope that a similar thing can unfold in our church communities.

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