New Movements and New Media
Article first published online: 11 FEB 2013
© 2013 The Author. New Blackfriars © 2013 The Dominican Council.
Volume 94, Issue 1050, pages 223–235, March 2013
How to Cite
Finigan, T. (2013), New Movements and New Media. New Blackfriars, 94: 223–235. doi: 10.1111/nbfr.12008
- Issue published online: 11 FEB 2013
- Article first published online: 11 FEB 2013
- Catholic Church;
- new movements;
While the emergence of “new Movements” characterise the pontificate of John Paul II, Benedict XVI's time is marked by the Catholic Church's use of new media. It began with Catholic websites and has moved on to blogging and tweeting. This is how the Church must communicate with younger people, until these are replaced by newer digital systems. Most blogs are dominated by a conservative version of Catholicism, but this may be what appeals to those young people who are still drawn to the Church. The disposability and built –in obsolescence of devices like tablets can be a problem compared with the comparative longevity of what they are replacing, namely books.