Cyber Church…Too Far?
Global Now: Abstract
Headline: Oklahoma Church makes switch to a cyber base, reaching Christians worldwide.
Date: November 13, 2009
Abstract: Norway native stumbles across virtual church when looking for a bible app on his iphone. Hjalti á Lava was shocked when he found a Oklahoma based, cyber church. The church services over 22 countries and has 24 hour interactions. Many have criticized the church for taking the face to face aspect out of worship. Users of the site argue that they can connect with more people and still have intimate connections through song and sermon. Some find the cyber church to be dangerously close to the real thing, raising fear that people will feel “everything they need is available there.” After Tuesdays lecture I started thinking about hackers. I had always thought of hackers as strictly bad, creating viruses. However, Keller described hackers as anyone who makes innovations through technology. Although this cyber church may not be a positive innovation, it speaks to the way in which hackers rule our society moving every social aspect of life to the online world.
Global Issue: Hackers, Technology
Primary Design Lens: Online Institutions
Secondary Design Lens: Design for Change