8. Power comes from sharing information, not hoarding it.
A perfect reason to keep blogs like this going to try and provide an avenue for information and discussion in a denominational landscape where there are very few forums for people to interact. For some reason, engagement is shunned, almost as if it is too risky to get people talking freely about things.
(from Learning to Love generation F – original article)
I have noticed that even using blogs, or in my case facebook, to try and stir up dialogue is futile with many/most people. Information may be getting out to these people but the feedback loop is not there. I think part of the problem is that there is a lack of understanding on the power and importance of on-line community. (see this Spark on CBC Radio episode dealing with on-line faith communities.)
I don’t think that on-line communities can nor should replace face-to-face contact, however, I believe that this expression of faith is just the next step in the evolution of tech communities – from print to radio to television to the Internet. On the Internet there are blogs, podcasts, and even second-life. Each of these can and should be used as tools just as the previous technologies is and has been used. And just has the previous technologies are abused or are not always used properly, we can expect the same with the Internet. After all, we even see these same issues within face-to-face communities.