Over the past couple of years, in any training that I’m running for churches/dioceses, I have referenced the ‘unpublished work of one of my dissertation students’… No need to worry about that any more – it’s now published in the Grove Books series on evangelism (individual link).
It was a pleasure to supervise Bryony’s dissertation – and to have discussed some of these issues in the past, the present, and I anticipate in the future! My research continues to consider the church as a case study/focus, and this is an excellent, short introduction to some of the material of interest to those looking at social media and its use in the church. I re-read it this evening – and enjoyed some familiar arguments – including references to the work of Benjamin Ellis (HALT), @digitalnun, Meredith Gould, Andy Byers amongst others!
— Dr Bex Lewis (@drbexl) October 18, 2016
It’s particularly interesting to look at the way users share online – as Emmaus types (sharing the journey), Damascas types (strongly evangelical), and Athens (faith impacting politics, current affairs, etc.) – and the bit I often quote – the fact that the sense of ‘anonymity online’ (often blamed for cyberbullying, etc.) encourages people to ask questions of those who are open about their faith in public spaces (including the internet) – especially via private messaging.
Dr Bex Lewis is passionate about helping people engage with the digital world in a positive way, where she has more than 20 years’ experience. She is Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University and Visiting Research Fellow at St John’s College, Durham University, with a particular interest in digital culture, persuasion and attitudinal change, especially how this affects the third sector, including faith organisations, and, after her breast cancer diagnosis in 2017, has started to research social media and cancer. Trained as a mass communications historian, she has written the original history of the poster Keep Calm and Carry On: The Truth Behind the Poster (Imperial War Museum, 2017), drawing upon her PhD research. She is Director of social media consultancy Digital Fingerprint, and author of Raising Children in a Digital Age: Enjoying the Best, Avoiding the Worst (Lion Hudson, 2014) as well as a number of book chapters, and regularly judges digital awards. She has a strong media presence, with her expertise featured in a wide range of publications and programmes, including national, international and specialist TV, radio and press, and can be found all over social media, typically as @drbexl.