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In the Lógos of LovePromise and Predicament in Catholic Intellectual Life$
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James L. Heft and Una M. Cadegan

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190280031

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190280031.001.0001

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Changing Media, Changing Problems

Changing Media, Changing Problems

Catholic Intellectual Life, Identity, and Fragmentation

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In the Lógos of Love

Vincent J. Miller

Oxford University Press

Catholicism and its intellectual tradition are distinctively dependent on mediation. Therefore, they have been deeply affected by the shift from the mid-twentieth century era of national-scale mass media to the more microtargeted and fragmented media environment (cable TV, Internet, and social media) of the past 30 years. Each gives rise to a particular media ecology both congenial and challenging to the Church and its intellectual traditions. The Church responded differently to each in the areas of catechism, censorship, and correlation. Strategies developed to counter the threats of the mass media era not only fail but also unwittingly exacerbate the problems posed by the Internet and social media. The contemporary media context constructs identity in a problematic manner that militates against comprehensive orthodoxy and forces the Church into a sectarian stance that is fundamentally at odds with its catholicity. Attempts to preserve “Catholic identity” go tragically awry in this context.

Keywords:   catechism, Catholic identity, censorship, correlation (theology), Internet, mass media, media, orthodoxy and polarization, social media

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