This project really means a lot to me, and didn’t really turn out like I was expecting it to. I wanted to write so much more but I ended up sticking to the points that were most important. I kept getting help and advice from people in my life about what to include, websites to check out, and videos to watch. I couldn’t possibly include it all.
I have wanted to explore this topic since the beginning of the semester, because the idea of digital rhetorics is so pervasive in our society, and the remodel of my old church really made me consider the stylistic rhetorical changes that media can bring into any setting.
My process for this project was much longer than any regular paper would be. I spent a lot of time reading about my topic, visiting churches, and watching videos. I also spent a lot of time searching for videos, even though I pretty much already knew what I was planning to use to demonstrate certain things.
Since I went to a Christian high school, I got pretty used to writing about the Bible, the church, and theological things. However, I have always been able to assume reader knowledge and claim truths about things without batting an eye. With this project, however, I had to think more about writing for a secular audience. I felt like I had to explain more of the “church-y” things because everyone here has vastly different experiences with church than I do. This caused me to be more involved with my claims, and explain things by saying “according to Christian belief” instead of just stating them as universal knowledge.
I really liked that I had to do that. I think it made my topic sound more approachable. You don’t have to know everything about church culture to get what I am saying in my article. I also liked that I was able to discuss a progression from “back in the day” to recent times in terms of music and preaching and social media. I wished that I could have talked more about marketing in the church before social media, but I hadn’t read enough about it.
I think my goal was to just let the changes in church culture speak for themselves, but then when I actually started writing I realized I might have to claim something. Yikes. I guess I started to say that there was an argument for the secularization of church through media, but then I couldn’t really find the article(s) that I thought I had saved regarding that. I did get a tad frantic towards the end, I’m not going to pretend otherwise.
Don’t get me wrong, the frantic-ness didn’t negate any of my interest or enthusiasm. However it might have caused some abbreviation in some of the areas of my project that I wished to expand more on. I really wanted to get more specific about social media in church, but I ended up on-the-spot prioritizing information and scrambling for concluding remarks.
I think I did well explaining things on this project, and I truly had fun doing it, but I wish I had claimed a stronger stance towards the end. I ended up basically saying that media can be helpful IF it is used correctly as a tool for education in church.