Professor Examines Religion's Place in Media Studies Anew

In a new essay for Flow, Erica Robles-Anderson makes the case that Christianity has a long history of appropriating emerging media technologies. Robles-Anderson currently studies the modern mega church, with its state-of-the-art plasma screens, light shows, and twitter-savvy congregation, but the MCC Assistant Professor sees this embrace of new media as central to the Christian tradition: "Protestantism has always been a media project....Evangelists were among the first on radio, television, cable, satellite, and Internet. To the student of media history, these religious contributions should come as no surprise. Electronic media have always held the promise of bringing a vast distribution of individuals into a common fold. This is mediated congregation," she writes.