This Week’s Guest: Christine Rosen
Facebook is now a central fact of world politics, commerce, and affairs. With more than 2.3 billion users worldwide, it has more “adherents” than there are Christians or Muslims, not to mention Jews. Industry analysts project that by next year, more marketing dollars will be spent on Facebook alone than on the entire TV ad market.
It is, in sum, a global presence that hovers above the world declaring that it desires nothing but to connect us with each other, to convene community. For that reason alone, its understanding of itself, its understanding of us, and its understanding of human nature invite serious religious questions: how should a religious person think about Facebook; how can we think about Facebook through a religious lens?
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It’s those questions Christine Rosen tackles in this episode of the Tikvah Podcast. A senior writer at Commentary and the author of a forthcoming book about technology and social media, she joins Tikvah’s Jonathan Silver to help us think about how religious communities relate—and should relate—to one of the most powerful and ubiquitous social realities of our time.
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