Sarah Reinhard at CatholicMom.com has run out of interesting Catholic Techies to interview, so she let me rattle on like a pompous ass for a couple hundreds words. Here’s a bit of it:
For me, the new evangelization has two parts. As a Catechist, I know that I’m essentially now in mission territory, with only about 20% of my students even attending mass. That creates a different set of demands for a teacher, and I’m still working out the best way for us to catechize both parents and kids. As a Techie, my role in the new evangelization is simply a matter of being. As a writer for a couple of mainstream magazines, I simply witness right where I am by discussing places where faith issues might play a role, as I did with the problematic ending of the otherwise-excellent game BioShock Infinite. As a Christian, I can show parents and fellow-Christians that their fears about things like Dungeons & Dragons or certain games are unfounded, and that in fact there may be a spiritual richness in electronic entertainment. I can also steer them away from other things that ARE problematic by discussing content from the perspective of a Catholic parent. One thing about the new digital arena–gaming, internet, mobile, social–is that parents need to do much more homework and stay connected to what their kids experience.