Infinite Bandwidth: Encountering Christ in the Media
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 was born in Singapore, the only child of Catholic parents. He attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and received his doctorate in education and instructional technology from Duquesne University. He currently is an associate professor of interactive media and communications at Franciscan University of Steubenville. An expert on many aspects of new media technology, Dr. Gan has written, produced, and designed multimedia productions for numerous clients. He has also written articles for the Pontifical Council of Social Communication and the Pontifical Council for Culture. Dr. Gan and his wife, Cindy, reside in Steubenville with their children.
“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