CITIZEN JOURNALISM: A tweeting of prayer, faith

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Twitter isn’t responsible for the dumbing down of religion; we are,” Mr. Cohen said. “Technology is a tool, and Twitter is a conversation. The degree of complexity is the degree to which we are willing to share.”

At his Georgetown University presentation, Mr. Cohen showed a slide that read, “Church of Twitter: a place for everyone to preach.” Interreligious dialogue within social networking demonstrates 21st-century progress from a past of authoritative discourse in which religious leaders had exclusive access to holy books and the faith conversation.

Today, instead of the media dictating what the public thinks about a certain religious tradition, Faithbook users can discover in real time the actual language of believers in that tradition and respond with questions.

“Instead of complaining about misrepresentation and sensationalizing in the media about religion, you can ask yourself, ‘How am I texting? What am I posting?’ Mr. Cohen said. “Social media can help us turn ‘the other’ into ‘brother.’ “

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