In Infinite Bandwidth: Encountering Christ in the Media, Eugene Gan navigates you faithfully through the digital world, encouraging frustrated parents not to throw out cell phones, ban the Internet, chuck computers, or pitch portable media devices. (That would be a mistake and—believe it or not—would be going against more than seven decades of Catholic teaching.)
From Church documents on social communications, Gan extracts seven principles or “media keys” that inform our use of media. The Church—and Gan—say that we must enter into the modern day Areopagus (the social and intellectual hub of ancient Athens where Paul preached to pagans) and use the media tools God has given us to make truth known and serve mankind.
Gan offers chapter after chapter of real-life experience of how to assess movies, games, and gadgets for you and your teens.
Infinite Bandwidth: Encountering Christ in the Media is way out front of the newest gizmo—and will stay there—thanks to its timeless principles that can be applied in all digital terrain, now and the future. Parents, educators, and students will put this book down with an entirely different attitude about the relationship between faith and media use.
About the Author
Dr. Eugene Gan is faculty associate of the Veritas Center and Professor of Interactive Media, Communications, and Fine Art at Franciscan University of Steubenville in the United States. He helped launch Franciscan University’s Multimedia Concentration that prepares students for careers designing digital content ranging from video games, special effects, and animation, to websites, videos, and educational software.
An expert on many aspects of new media technology, Dr. Gan has given keynotes, presentations, and talks, and has taught, written, produced, and worked for more than a decade in the media industry designing multimedia productions for numerous clients. He has appeared on multiple TV and radio shows including Franciscan University Presents, Living Right with Dr Ray, The Bishop’s Hour, The Jesse Romero and Terry Barber Show, This Is The Day Show, The Drew Mariani Show, Kresta In The Afternoon, The Roman Observer, Catholic Answers Live, EWTN Bookmark, and EWTN Live.
An accomplished artist, his artwork has been commissioned and won awards in national fine arts competitions.
Dr. Gan and his wife, Cindy, reside in Steubenville, Ohio with their four children, John Paul, Maximilian Kolbe, Benedict, and Gabriel.
“In an increasingly secularized environment, in which religion is no longer featured in the general media except in a sensational manner and in which it is so often forced to live in a ghetto, Dr. Gan offers a challenging vision of how, why, and when to use all media in an imaginative, challenging, and faith-filled way.”
—John Patrick Cardinal Foley, Grand Master, Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem; President Emeritus, Pontifical Council for Social Communications
“Excellent for individual use, this volume would work even better in a group setting. This is a great reading group book for parents who are concerned about their children’s (and their own) use of media. This would also be useful to teachers at all levels.”
—Richard Grebenc, National Catholic Register
“This book can be very helpful for parents attempting to determine what technology is appropriate for their children, for adults attempting to figure out how to properly balance the use of technology with the rest of their lives and for students attempting to figure out how to set limits for themselves that will help keep them from being over taken by technology.”
—Cheryl, “Lost in the Laundry Pile” Blog