Navigating Hybrid & Digital Cultures
Ability to move with confidence through many relevant spaces and communities online, including hybrid spaces that have a strong correlation to a particular face-to-face community. Includes knowing and using the social conventions of a particular online community, making connections between in-person events and online reflection, etc.
Research Interview Excerpts
WHAT DO THE EXPERTS SAY?
“Anybody can put something up on YouTube. That doesn’t mean it’s gonna get any traction."
“I wonder, too, about ways in which we encourage people to move conversations online or offline. When does a conversation that begins in person, when would it really be helpful to spread that network of connections further? When does it makes sense to help people know how to discern when to come offline? To know the balance between the limits of a particular medium.”
“One student [did] a lot of research into other LGBTQ pastor Tumblrs. He uncovered quite a few of them … Ev’ry Day I’m Pastorin’ hit the nail on the head. It was just an exemplary use of Tumblr. That use of the gif and the humor. He was like, ‘I’m not really a pastor. I don’t really go to church. I don’t know much about it, and yet I feel like I can understand and relate to all this. I would read this Tumblr just because it’s funny and it’s interesting.'”
REAL WORLD EXAMPLES
Ev’ry Day I’m Pastorin’A Tumblr blog that uses the verbal and visual style of this network to reflect on the joys and challenges of leading congregational ministry. (Hat tip: research interview subject.)
@BroderickGreerAn Episcopal priest and writer well-known on Twitter for his active participation, fearless advocacy, and humor.
Humble Walk Lutheran Church“A community of folks gathering around about the West 7th Neighborhood of Saint Paul.” Coordinating and growing an embedded, distributed church requires excellent use of popular digital communication tools. (Hat tip: Keith Anderson’s The Digital Cathedral.)