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A podcast that explores the way technology and media shape our thoughts about God and our neighbor. Available wherever you get your podcasts, including YouTube. Visit bio.link.com/digitalspell for extra podcast resources or to support the podcast with a Buy Me A Coffee tip or subscription!

Breaking The Digital Spell Austin Gravley

    • Religion & Spirituality
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A podcast that explores the way technology and media shape our thoughts about God and our neighbor. Available wherever you get your podcasts, including YouTube. Visit bio.link.com/digitalspell for extra podcast resources or to support the podcast with a Buy Me A Coffee tip or subscription!

    SA-5: Stepping on the Glass of Broken Echo Chambers

    SA-5: Stepping on the Glass of Broken Echo Chambers

    Political polarization and tribalism are on the rise, and social media appears to be the chief culprit. The ability to customize our social media feeds to only hear the voices we want to hear has lead us into echo chambers of increasingly one-sided viewpoints and unchecked misinformation - at least, that's what cultural wisdom suggests. But is that actually true? What actually happens when people step outside their "echo chambers"? Is information really the driving force behind the rise of political polarization, radical viewpoints, and extreme behavior on social media? Or, as secular sociologist Chris Bail and Christian philosopher James K.A. Smith both argue, are our behaviors and actions driven by something deeper than simply what we think - and how does the Gospel give the church an advantage in addressing polarization?

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    Purchase a copy of Chris Bail's "Breaking the Social Media Prism" and check out the Polarization Lab!
    “Forget the Echo Chamber - Social Media is a Prism”  on FaithTech.
    “What Is Media Ecology? A Conversation with Austin Gravley” on YouTube

    Connect with Austin and Breaking the Digital Spell
    * Twitter: @DigitalSpell and @gravley_austin
    * Instagram: @breakingthedigitalspell
    * YouTube: Breaking the Digital Spell
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    * Email: breakingthedigitalspell@gmail.com
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    • 36 min
    Can Content Warnings Make Instagram Safer for Kids? (Buy Me a Coffee Member Preview)

    Can Content Warnings Make Instagram Safer for Kids? (Buy Me a Coffee Member Preview)

    When the Wall Street Journal reported that Facebook knew that Instagram was toxic and harmful to teen girls, it lit up a firestorm greater than any of the other stories the Journal would break in it’s “Facebook Files” series. Nick Clegg, VP of Global Affairs, recently went on to CNN to discuss the Journal’s report and revealed that Instagram would be rolling out several features that will help curb Instagram’s harmful impact on teenage mental health. But will things like warning labels for harmful content or nudges to “take a break” actually make a difference? Is Facebook’s emphasis on problematic content a sincere attempt to fix the issue, or a diversion from the true source of the problem?

    Episodes like this are an example of the bonus content you can expect with a Buy Me a Coffee membership to Breaking the Digital Spell. For $5/mo, you can support the podcast and receive extra episodes, commentary, behind-the-scenes previews, and more. Media literacy is the biggest gaping hole in our discipleship, and every dollar of your support (even a one-time tip!) goes towards creating content and (one day) resources that will help close that gap!

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    Buy Me a Coffee and keep Breaking the Digital Spell a high quality ad-free experience! Leave a one-time tip (without making an account) or unlock exclusive content with a $5 monthly membership at buymeacoffee.com/digitalspell!

    Purchase a copy of Chris Bail's "Breaking the Social Media Prism"
    “Forget the Echo Chamber - Social Media is a Prism”  on FaithTech.
    “What Is Media Ecology? A Conversation with Austin Gravley” on YouTube

    Connect with Austin and Breaking the Digital Spell
    * Twitter: @DigitalSpell and @gravley_austin
    * Instagram: @breakingthedigitalspell
    * YouTube: Breaking the Digital Spell
    * Facebook: BtDS Facebook Page
    * Email: breakingthedigitalspell@gmail.com
    Support the show (http://buymeacoffee.com/digitalspell)
    Support the show (http://buymeacoffee.com/digitalspell)

    • 13 min
    SA-4: Should Christians Leave Social Media? A Conversation About Digital Babylon

    SA-4: Should Christians Leave Social Media? A Conversation About Digital Babylon

    The Bible gives us a framework for understanding and navigating a world dominated by social media: Christians are to live as faithfully obedient exiles in the midst of Digital Babylon. This is the claim we explored on the prior episode of Breaking the Digital Spell, and we ended the episode open to pushback or objections to this idea. In this bonus episode, Austin sits down with Jacob Cates, executive pastor of Redeemer Christian Church, to talk through some good questions and objections to the “Digital Babylon” framework. Are there other analogies that are more helpful to us? How could the “Digital Babylon” framework be improved? But most importantly: If social media is truly akin to Digital Babylon, shouldn’t Christians try to come out of that empire and get off social completely?

    Clarification: many of Jacob's comments on individualism/identity come from Carl Trueman's "The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self." As it is with all the books we've featured on BtDS, quoting an author favorably on one point does not mean an endorsement of everything an author says or does elsewhere.

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    Buy Me a Coffee and keep Breaking the Digital Spell a high quality ad-free experience! Leave a one-time tip (without making an account) or unlock exclusive content with a $5 monthly membership at buymeacoffee.com/digitalspell!

    Purchase a copy of Chris Bail's "Breaking the Social Media Prism"
    “Forget the Echo Chamber - Social Media is a Prism”  on FaithTech.
    “What Is Media Ecology? A Conversation with Austin Gravley” on YouTube

    Connect with Austin and Breaking the Digital Spell
    * Twitter: @DigitalSpell and @gravley_austin
    * Instagram: @breakingthedigitalspell
    * YouTube: Breaking the Digital Spell
    * Facebook: BtDS Facebook Page
    * Email: breakingthedigitalspell@gmail.com
    Support the show (http://buymeacoffee.com/digitalspell)

    • 59 min
    SA-3: On Esther, Daniel, and Exile in Digital Babylon

    SA-3: On Esther, Daniel, and Exile in Digital Babylon

    The Babylonian exile is arguably the most important event in the history of the Old Testament. Israel's long descent into apostasy ends with the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple, and the people of God are forcibly relocated to a pagan nation that they did not want to live in. But the Babylonian exile is more than just a date and time in history - it is a framework, used by New Testament writers and by Christians for millennia, that helps us understand what faithful obedience to God looks like in a sinful world.  In this episode of Breaking the Digital Spell, we look at the Babylonian Exile and the lives of Esther and Daniel and how these can help us understand what faithful obedience to God looks like not just in a sinful world, but a digital world - in Digital Babylon. How would applying this biblical framework to our social media world shape our understanding of the world that we currently live in and how we are called to live in it? Like the exiles who asked "how do we live in Babylon?", how do we live in Digital Babylon?

    Full episode manuscript: https://austingravley.me/2021/09/27/sa-3-on-esther-daniel-and-exile-in-digital-babylon-manuscript/

    Chapter Divisions
    Part One: The Top of the Rabbit Hole - 1:10Part Two: Introducing Digital Babylon - 29:58Part Three: The Reality of Exile - 43:23Part Four: Engagement in Exile - 51:23Part Five: Providence in Exile - 1:16:58Tanak Order Reading List
    The introduction of "A Biblical-Theological Introduction to the Old Testament", ed. by Miles V. Van Pelt."Dominion and Dynasty" by Stephen Dempster "Know How We Got Our Bible" by Ryan M. Reeves and Charles HillPurchase a copy of Chris Bail's "Breaking the Social Media Prism"

    Connect with Austin and Breaking the Digital Spell:
    Twitter: @gravley_austin and @DigitalSpellFacebook: BtDS Facebook PageEmail: breakingthedigitalspell@gmail.comSupport the show (http://buymeacoffee.com/digitalspell)

    • 1 hr 36 min
    SA-2: On Students and Brett McCracken's "The Wisdom Pyramid"

    SA-2: On Students and Brett McCracken's "The Wisdom Pyramid"

    Media literacy is the biggest gaping hole in our discipleship. We can feel its effects in our churches and our lives in the same way we can feel the effects of poor financial stewardship or failing marriages in our churches. Plenty of courses and programs exist for churches to address financial literacy and building healthy marriages, but what about for media literacy? The problem has festered for so long feels so overwhelming; it's hard to know where to start! In this episode of Breaking the Digital Spell, we look at one particular resource, Brett McCracken's "The Wisdom Pyramid", and report from the field of trying to fill the gap with some high school students - and offer some helpful perspective on why doing something imperfectly is better than doing nothing at all.

    Visit bio.link/digitalspell for links to episode manuscripts, social media accounts, and more!

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    Produced by Austin Gravley and Andrew Akins. Hosted by Austin Gravley. Mixing by Andrew Akins. Additional vocal talent from Melissa Gravley.

    • 14 min
    SA-1: The Asterisk Year

    SA-1: The Asterisk Year

    When 2020 began, none of us factored in the possibility of a pandemic being the defining reality of our year. Our plans and predictions for the world were thrown into chaos, and our sense of "normal" upended overnight as we embraced a strong sense of uncertainty about our future. But how "normal" was our pre-pandemic "normal"? What exactly did Covid-19 change, and how lasting are those changes? How should we think about our confidence in our ability to plan, predict, and control or understand our future in a world armed with tools and techniques aimed at giving us confidence (or dread) about what tomorrow holds? Is there a better way forward?

    Visit bio.link/digitalspell for links to episode manuscripts, social media accounts, and more! 

    Keep the podcast ad-free by leaving a tip or becoming a supporter at buymeacoffee.com/digitalspell! 

    Produced by Austin Gravley and Andrew Akins. Hosted by Austin Gravley. Mixing by Andrew Akins. Additional vocal talent from Melissa Gravley.


    Support the show (http://buymeacoffee.com/digitalspell)

    • 27 min

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