Media fascinates me whether print, online, television, movies, podcasts, UStream, Kindle…I use them all. My career is based on understanding how consumers buy, use and interact with media. If you ask my son, he’ll complain, “My mom is either on her cell phone or some computer!”
But, as Catholics, many, including those who work in media, find the last five years troubling, especially the “immediacy” and “always on” nature of online media.
Are we substituting timeliness and speed for accuracy and clarity?
Is it imperative to allow commentary for every event that happens, especially ones where Church truth and teaching are openly challenged? Can’t a deacon blogger go on vacation and close commentary?
Do we strive after the latest and greatest tech gadget and forget that the content and message are far more important than these gadgets?
Must we be at every new social media platform, the latest is Google+, and forget sites and forums where we already connect with friends and family?
And what responsible Catholic has time for all of this?
Some of my online Catholic colleagues believe we, as a Church, need to be more engaged online. We need to do more than “send out press releases” and hope for the best when a Church event happens.
But it makes me wonder: is it possible to strive for a collective Church online? And if so, where are we all gathering?