WN: This is immensely helpful in this historical moment.
Grant Kaplan Saint Louis University
Carly Osborn University of Divinity
Fr. Steve Grunow Word on Fire Catholic Ministries
Cynthia Haven National Endowment for the Humanities
This event is co-sponsored by Word on Fire Catholic Ministries and America Media.
While social media has become a source of meaning and identity formation for many, its dangers have become clear in recent years, from promoting disinformation to algorithm-aided polarization. Despite these dangers, can social media be a medium for the Gospel? Does a model for discipleship within social media exist? René Girard’s theory of mimesis or imitation provides a powerful diagnostic for analyzing aspects of human behavior and culture that contribute to the current media climate, including rivalry, escalation, and scapegoating. It also points towards the fragile possibility of positive mimesis: imitation of Christ.
Join us for a panel drawing together Girard scholars and Catholic media experts to explore how Girard’s analysis can inform our understanding of the current media climate and how we might approach social media as a space for evangelization and conversion. —
For full bios of our speakers, see our website: https://www.lumenchristi.org/event/20…
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