The smartphone, as an extension of the body’s nervous system, is a significant communicative device regularly used by congregants to interact, communicate and make sense of their place in the world.
This paper discusses the effects of new media on the (body) life of congregations by applying McLuhan’s four laws of media to the use of smartphone technology by members. This move acknowledges there are hidden properties at play within all (new) media tools. These tools are configured digitally to facilitate meaning by extending our perceptual senses, particularly the eye and the ear. Such extensions alter perceptions of self, the body and the poetic infrastructures of our making.
Given that a Western ontology divides mind and body—is blind to the sensory-motor functions which operate below the surface of our conscious thoughts—smartphone device use appears incidental; I argue the poetics surrounding them are not. While digital mobility consciously separates the mind from the body, it does not dissolve the body’s intrinsic role in the meaning-making enterprise. This emphasises that, for congregations, the primacy of the body is significant.
The seminar will be held at the Henderson Campus in LR8, and via zoom here. Meeting ID: 813 8038 4263
|When||12:30pm - 1:20pm|
|Cost||FREE & open to the public|