For over a decade I have taught an introductory course on Media Ecology at Grove City College, and I have written two little books about worship that are profoundly informed by Media Ecology. To write on this topic interests me in a number of ways, not the least of which is the interesting lexical issue: that at the root of the word "ecology" is the Greek word oikos, ordinarily translated "house" or "household." As someone who also teaches Greek, what could be more fun than to discuss, as it were, "media household-understanding for the household"? I will attempt, after a few introductory comments about the discipline called Media Ecology, to describe the most significant characteristics of electronic and digital technologies that would rightly concern the Christian community, and then suggest a few family practices that might appropriately address those concerns.
T. David Gordon is a minister in the Presbyterian Church in America and associate professor of religion at Grove City College (Grove City, Pennsylvania).
Issue: "Keeping Our Kids" May/June 2014 Vol. 23 No. 3 Page number(s): 5-9
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