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  • Regulations are a bigger threat than fake news

    Regulations are a bigger threat than fake news

    Fabricated or inaccurate news stories are not new; they are the inevitable price we pay to be able to enjoy our precious right to free expression. Education, not regulation, is the path forward.

    Cathal Sheerin
    Posted: May 13, 2017
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  • The Digital Humanities from Father Busa to Edward Snowden

    The Digital Humanities from Father Busa to Edward Snowden

    What do Edward Snowden, the whistle-blower behind the NSA surveillance revelations, and Father Roberto Busa, an Italian Jesuit, who worked for almost his entire life on Saint Thomas Aquinas, have in common? The simple answer would be: the computer. Things however are a bit more complex than that, and the reason for choosing these two people to explain what the Digital Humanities are, is that in some sense they represent the origins and the present consequences of a certain way of thinking about computers.

    Domenico Fiormonte
    Posted: May 13, 2017
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  • The post-truth phenomenon: A challenge to WACC

    The post-truth phenomenon: A challenge to WACC

    In the last US elections, social media had the freedom to publish “fake news” like Pope Francis’ support for Presidential candidate Donald Trump, Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s illness and the murder of an FBI agent on the order of the Clintons.President-elect Donald Trump himself declared, shortly after his inauguration, that his inaugural crowd was the largest gathering, far vaster than the protests that accompanied his proclamation. TV footages comparing the two events showed otherwise. Trump supporters asserted that the mainstream media were anti-Trump and “doctored” their footages to discredit the new President of America.

    Fr Benjamin Alforque
    Posted: May 13, 2017
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  • Nine elements of digital citizenship

    Nine elements of digital citizenship
    Digital citizenship can be defined as the norms of appropriate, responsible behaviour with regard to technology use.  Digital Citizenship Institute
    Posted: May 13, 2017
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  • L’avenir du protestantisme à l’ère numérique

    L’avenir du protestantisme à l’ère numérique

    Le protestantisme est né avec l’imprimerie, va-t-il mourir avec internet?

    Joël Burri
    Posted: May 13, 2017
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  • What does the Reformation mean today?

    What does the Reformation mean today?

    The 400th anniversary of the Reformation 100 years ago coincided with World War I when German troops wore belt buckles with the inscription “God with us” and fought against other nations who considered themselves Christians too. The celebrations had a belligerent and nationalistic undertone. What is the focus of this year’s 500th anniversary? A Reformation Jubilee or a Commemoration of the Reformation? A heroic event of faith and the rise of Protestantism or the decline of Catholicism and the beginning of a visible division of Western Christianity?

    Ralf Peter Reimann
    Posted: May 13, 2017
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  • Ten theses knocking on the door of public communication

    Ten theses knocking on the door of public communication
    In 1517, when Martin Luther hung his 95 theses on the wooden doors of Wittenberg Castle church, he did not intend to start the Reformation. That came later. What Luther really began was a communications revolution - and it is still going on. Philip Lee
    Posted: May 13, 2017
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  • Luther’s media phenomenon

    Luther’s media phenomenon

    Martin Luther did more than just serve as a catalyst for the Reformation. By nailing his 95 theses to the door of a Wittenberg, Germany, church in 1517, he became the world’s first mass media figure and launched a new form of theological writing, argues University of St. Andrews Professor Andrew Pettegree.

    Michael Naughton
    Posted: May 13, 2017
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  • A shifting media ecology: What the age of Luther can teach us

    A shifting media ecology: What the age of Luther can teach us
    Well before people even named them, Martin Luther unknowingly stepped into one of the great debates about new technologies through his writing in the 16th century.  Paul A. Soukup, S.J.
    Posted: May 13, 2017
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  • Media Development 2017-2 Editorial

    Media Development 2017-2 Editorial
    On 4 April 1967, the Revd Dr Martin Luther King Jr gave his impassioned “Vietnam” speech at Riverside Church, New York. Most of that speech is as pertinent now as it was then. Take out the references to war and there are compelling arguments for truth-telling and a revolution of values. In a certain sense, that is the theme of this issue of Media Development. Access
    Philip Lee
    Posted: May 13, 2017
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