Here's the blurb, for what it's worth:
Do you have insights into (or questions about) divisions facing contemporary US society? What do you think about social media debates, sometimes described as “toxic”? These are among the questions addressed by this study of social media interaction in which “theologizing” occurs about social or political issues, explained below and in the informed consent form on Google forms (which collects no personal data but asks for a response via the Contact form on this website or one of the social media links; and you can click “clear form” at any point in the Google form).
Click here for Informed Consent Form
I will ask Cultural Mentors about:
· the social media platforms where they interact
· the people they encounter there
· the nature of interaction
· what motivates them to continue interacting
To be a Cultural Mentor,
· you currently participate in or encounter social media interaction in which some participants “theologize” about politics or social ethics
· this social media interaction includes polarizing social or political issues
Key terms (defined for the purposes of this particular research project):
· theologizing about politics or ethics - using scriptural references and/or a theological basis to take or challenge a position in politics or social ethics
o includes posts by religious leaders, even when they do not use scriptural references or a theological basis
· social media – interaction online that can be seen (and joined) by others besides the original participants, both in real-time and afterwards
o is replicable (can be copied, saved, re-posted)
o includes blogs and podcasts and comment threads on articles
o a place where commenters can interact
Purpose: to understand a range of perspectives on the seemingly heated interaction around faith-based public policy positions in the US
Timeline: July 2022 to July 2023
15-minute screening interview
45-minute main interview
ranking of statements after all Cultural Mentors have been interviewed
final interview to respond to researcher’s findings.
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