Wednesday, 17 June 2009
So, the serious and frivolous, leading and rhetorical, genuine and hypothetical
What is the difference between you and the you visible on facebook?
How are you selective in your representation? Why?
Which photos don’t you upload?
In the information you upload what are you communicating?
What are you selling?
What are you proving and to whom?
What are you on facebook for?
What is the nature of its pleasure?
What is the nature of its service to you?
If for convenience and efficiency, how are you spending the time saved?
What needs does facebook fulfil that Christ doesn't?
When does a good gift become a substitute saviour?
Would you want facebook to display the number of hours and minutes you were logged on each day?
Would you be uncomfortable if the mirrored glass that lets no one know you viewed their profile was removed?
Can you preach the gospel on facebook?
Is there a sufficient ‘plausibility structure’ to assert any truth claim?
(‘plausibility structure’ - Peter Berger via Michael Ramsden, also used of L’Abri)
Can you demonstrate by your life online that Jesus’ resurrection is intellectually credible and existentially satisfying?
Why this is hard in a virtual world?
Can people see that you are flawed and need a saviour in a world where you can atone for your own sins, erase your own history, renew your own identity?
Does your profile point to Christ?
Why do I look at people’s photos?
What is it doing for me?
Why am I choosing to view these photos of a friends holiday, on my own, in a darkened room?
Have we forgotten better ways of doing these?
How might it be otherwise?
How can I make an experience of sharing more real, more weighty?
What do I fear in life, what do I hide from?
From what am I escaping?
For what do I compensating for and exaggerate?
Why is there so much irony on facebook?
Why do people love to hate it?
Why do use metaphors of facebook-stalking, facebook-rape, and of pimping one’s profile?
Why is it so hard to leave?
Are you comforted by words of condolence on facebook?
Can you express empathy online?
Would you invite people to your wedding via facebook?
Would you propose marriage on facebook?
What is the measure of an idol?
What is the measure of an addiction?
What category do you consider facebook in - that of oxygen and necessities, that of household cleaning and chores, that of foreign holidays and luxuries?
What is the model we read the discourse of facebook through?
What is the motivating force for the facebook providers?
How is facebook free?
How are you paying for the service?
Do you count that cost before building?
Why did Jesus come at a time in history before facebook?
Have you hugged someone today?
Have you plunged your fingers into soil today?
Have you loved your next-door-neighbour this week?