At-Home Lesson#6

Part 2. Together We Are Strong: THE CHURCH'S SOCIAL MISSION

Topic 3: New Media [1]

Behind DOCAT

When is the last time you went an entire day—a whole 24 hours—without being exposed to any kind of media? No TV or movies, no Internet, no social networking sites, no computer games. Can you remember? What was it like?

We rely very heavily on new media. We use it for education and communication as well as for entertainment. This technology has enormous potential for good, but we must be mindful of how we use it. New media makes an excellent servant but a poor master.


Read the content under DOCAT# 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, and 46 (numbers in blue circle) from DOCAT p.46~p.53. [2]

What Does DOCAT Say?
  1. What is the ethical responsibility of the media (and those who make it available and distribute it)?
  2. What is the responsibility of one using media?
  3. Is media inherently good? If so, does this mean its use is always good?
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What Does the Bible Say?
  1. Read Ephesians 4:15-16 and 29-30. According to St. Paul, how are we to speak to one another? Why is it so important for us to speak this way?
  2. Read James 3:8-10. In his letter, St. James points out how powerful the tongue (speech) is and how dangerous it can be when used in an unloving way. According to James 3:8-10, what is especially unfitting about speaking without love?
  3. Read Proverbs 15:1. How does Proverbs 15:1 advise you to respond to someone who disagrees with you?
  4. Read Sirach 20:7. What does Sirach 20:7 have to say about when to speak and when to be silent?
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DO Reflect

The new media is an amazing and effective tool, providing an unprecedented opportunity for communication and collaboration. But, like any powerful tool, media comes with risks if not used responsibly. New media—and particularly social media—allows for the creation of communities with practically no borders or limits. However, this type of communication can actually weaken interpersonal connections if used indiscriminately. We can communicate with anyone in the world instantaneously, but we can also hide behind our screens and forget that there is a real person deserving of our love and respect on the other end. Uncharitable words that may seem too harsh to speak in person flow easily over the Internet. And in a world of memes and sound bites, it can be difficult to preserve true, respectful dialogue.
  1. In what ways do you think new media enhances interpersonal connections? In what ways can it weaken relationships?
  2. How can you fulfill Christ’s command to love your neighbor as yourself when using new media? Do you think this is easier or more difficult than in face-to-face communication? Why?
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DO Chat
  1. In order to serve the common good, communication on social networks should take the form of a dialogue—a conversation where there is a back-and-forth of ideas. In your experience, is it easy or difficult to use social media for a dialogue? Why? What steps can you take to encourage dialogue on social media?
  2. What do you think it means to use media sensibly? What are some of the challenges to doing so, and how can you overcome them?
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DO Challenge

Remember:    Every time you use social media this week, remind yourself of your responsibility to God and to neighbor. Before you comment on or post anything, ask yourself if doing so serves both truth and charity.

Share:    Using whichever form of media you prefer, share something that contributes to the common good—an uplifting quote, a Bible verse, a positive story, etc.