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Mobiles in Mission online course

Mobile is a tsunami. Learn how to ride the wave! If you go to the largest city or the darkest jungle, the people you meet are likely to have a mobile phone. Most of us have anxiety when separated from our mobile devices. The fear of not having your phone now has an official classification – nomophobia (no mobile phobia). Mobile’s ubiquity and growing capabilities offer an amazing ministry opportunity.

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Digital Communication Foundations 3: The CAST model of communication

In part one of this series, Tony Watkins introduced the concept of modality and multimodality. In this article, he develops these ideas to focus more explicitly on communicating through digital media. This is applied particularly within the context of Christian mission and ministry, but these principles are not distinctively Christian. They apply to any kind of digital media communication – for …

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Digital Communication Foundations 2: What is communication?

In part one of this series of articles, Tony Watkins looked at the meaning of the term ‘mode’ within communication theory, and introduced the ideas of ‘semiotic resources’ and ‘affordances’. e must consider an important question before we go any further: what is communication? Gunther Kress says that communication is more complex than we imagine. The classic model of communication …

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Digital Communication Foundations 1: Introducing Modes

In the first of a series of articles on digital communication theory, Tony Watkins introduces the idea of modes of communication. This material is based on lectures given at Norwegian School of Theology, Oslo.  mode of communication is a way of expressing meaning, through speaking, writing, video, etc. Gunther Kress defines a ‘mode’ as a socially shaped and culturally given …