Digital Proverbs for Responsible Citizens (Lockdown Edition)

Watch the May ACMHE Contemplative Education Webinar:

Digital Proverbs for Responsible Citizens
(Lockdown Edition)

presented by Kevin Healey
Associate Professor of Communication, the University of New Hampshire
Originally broadcast live on Tuesday, May 12, 2020

In this webinar, presenter Kevin Healey discusses his new book, “Ethics and Religion in the Age of Social Media: Digital Proverbs for Responsible Citizens,” explaining how his students are using it to understand and respond to the coronavirus pandemic. The global pandemic has exposed the moral and ethical deficiencies of the techno-utopian, free-market ideology that has driven our economy for decades. And yet, it is clear that emergent technologies will play a central role in developing a successful response to the pandemic and building a more sustainable future. To develop digital platforms that promote genuine, sustainable human flourishing and socio-economic justice, this webinar outlines a set of five guiding principles, or proverbs, each with a corresponding corollary:
  1. Information is not wisdom, so inform wisely;
  2. processing is not judgment, so process judiciously;
  3. transparency is not authenticity, so strive for genuine transparency;
  4. convergence is not integrity, so integrate diverse elements;
  5. storage is not memory, so remember the virtue of forgetting.

The webinar will provide specific exercises that students and contemplative practitioners can do, as well as broader policy initiatives and strategies that engaged citizens can advocate.


About the Presenter

Kevin Healey is an Associate Professor of Communication at the University of New Hampshire. He received his undergraduate degree from Drew University, his Masters in Media Studies from The New School, and his Ph.D. in Communication and Media from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Kevin writes and teaches about religion, ethics, and digital culture. His essays appear in Salon, Huffington Post, and Religion Dispatches, as well as in numerous academic books and journals. He received a University Teaching Excellence Award from UNH COLA in Spring 2017, and the Communication Ethics Teaching Award from the Communication Ethics Division of the National Communication Association (NCA) in October 2018. His most recent book, Ethics and Religion in the Age of Social Media: Digital Proverbs for Responsible Citizens, was published in 2019 by Routledge. This book, as well as his current research projects, are supported by his participation in a three-year Public Theologies of Technology and Presence grant program sponsored by the Institute of Buddhist Studies and the Henry Luce Foundation. A singer-songwriter in his spare time, Kevin’s songs and poetry have appeared in Abstract Magazine, The Creators of SomeCity, American Pancake, Typishly, Meat for Tea, and Raw Art Review.

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