It’s absolutely amazing how fast news and information travels and its almost immediate availability. Shortly, after the earth quake in Japan this video was posted within minutes of the horrifying event: (Read full article by clicking title)
Now we have Aljazeera TV Live competing with the North American and European Networks. It is available now in Canada as a subscription TV channel, or on on the net free: http://english.aljazeera.net/watch_now/ . You can also view and then share videos on blogs, and social sites with friends and acquaintances.
In the World of Religion and faith there are a number of new developments to invite thought and debate. These are serious sites which provide in-depth interviews, history lessons, news etc.. The Pope in his message for the 45th World Day for Social Communications on January 24 said, “The new technologies are not only changing the way we communicate, but communication itself, so much so that it could be said that we are living through a period of vast cultural transformation. This means of spreading information and knowledge is giving birth to a new way of learning and thinking, with unprecedented opportunities for establishing relationships and building fellowship.”
Apart from the numerous Vatican and Catholic sites you can easily find on Google, there are blogs which cater to specific religious issues (Evolutionary Christianity) which you must register for, but then get to hear a number of theologians discuss evolution and the evolving church – many of them Catholic. And, even the major TV networks are streaming over the net in-depth documentaries:
PBS: God in America – a six part video series on the 400 years of American Religious History
BBC just finished streaming for free an excellent series called: The History of Christianity. Unfortunately BBC seems to have stopped streaming the series. I was able to view it last week. Hopefully they will make it available again. It sounds as if it is available on DVD. It might also be available as a torrent download, but I stay clear of these sites because of the potentiality of infecting my computer with a virus.
In Canada, there are CBC radio programs such as Tapestry – there is one particularly good episode on hope that was aired this past September with an insightful interview with Sr. Joan Chittister, a Benedictine Nun. Last, but not least, I should mention Salt and Light, a Canadian Catholic Network of news, videos, live streams, etc….
And of course, there are the thousands, if not millions, of bloggers who get to tell their story on the net. They write and some times podcast on family, joy, hobbies, hope, sorrow, doubt, and all that makes up life for human beings. Example
I know I have just scratched the surface of the new media in this digital age. There are many, many more programs, sites, and technologies that you will find with a little help from Google, fellow bloggers, and friends.
Indeed a new day has dawned for communicating and learning, and the day has barely begun.