Franciscan University of Steubenville Professor Eugene Gan authors this first-of-its-kind Catholic roadmap for the digital age: Infinite Bandwidth: Encountering Christ in the Media. He navigates you faithfully through the digital world, encouraging frustrated parents not to throw out cell phones, ban the Internet, chuck computers, or pitch portable media devices. That would be a mistake and—believe it or not—would be going against more than seven decades of Catholic teaching. From Church documents on social communications, Gan extracts seven principles or “media keys” of how to approach and use media. The Church—and Gan—say that we must enter into the modern day “Areopagus,” the social and intellectual hub of ancient Athens where Paul preached to pagans, and use the media tools God has given us to make truth known and serve mankind. Cardinal John Patrick Foley says, “Frankly, I wish that such a book had existed when I was president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications as a text which I could have recommended. The important thing, however, is that it exists now to provide a text, context, and challenge for those who wish to bring both Christian principles and professional excellence to their work in the media.”
Gan offers chapter after chapter of real-life experience of how to assess movies, games, and gadgets for you and your teens. Of how to judge the merits of a film like Saving Private Ryan, and what sets it apart from Nightmare on Elm Street. Can the one be acceptable viewing and the other not? Definitely. And Gan details why. Infinite Bandwidth: Encountering Christ in the Media is way out front of the newest gizmo—and will stay there—thanks to its timeless principles that can be applied in all digital terrain, now and the future. Parents, educators, and students will put this book down with an entirely different attitude about the relationship between faith and media use.
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Read the review in The National Catholic Register
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A review by Christopher Chapman, diocesan director of secondary shool catechesis and associate director of youth and young adult ministry, from the Pittsburgh Catholic.
Dr. Gan discuses 'The Gift of Media' on Catachetical Leader, a podcast on religious education, faith formation, and evangelization by the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership.
Listen to Dr. Gan interviewed on Relavant Radio's 'Morning Air' program.
About the Author:
Dr. Eugene Gan is faculty associate of the Veritas Center and Professor of Interactive Media, Communications, and Fine Art at Franciscan University of Steubenville in the United States. He helped launch Franciscan University's Multimedia Concentration that prepares students for careers designing digital content ranging from video games, special effects, and animation, to websites, videos, and educational software. An expert on many aspects of new media technology, Dr. Gan has given keynotes, presentations, and talks, and has taught, written, produced, and worked for more than a decade in the media industry designing multimedia productions for numerous clients. He has appeared on multiple TV and radio shows including Franciscan University Presents, Living Right with Dr Ray, The Bishop's Hour, The Jesse Romero and Terry Barber Show, This Is The Day Show, The Drew Mariani Show, Kresta In The Afternoon, The Roman Observer, Catholic Answers Live, EWTN Bookmark, and EWTN Live. An accomplished artist, his artwork has been commissioned and won awards in national fine arts competitions. His book "Infinite Bandwidth: Encountering Christ in the Media" is grounded in Scripture and the Magisterial documents and is a handbook and practical help for parents, teachers, catechists, new media producers and consumers striving to engage media in balanced, meaningful, and healthy ways in daily life. Dr. Gan and his wife, Cindy, reside in Steubenville, Ohio with their four children, John Paul, Maximilian Kolbe, Benedict, and Gabriel.
Dr. Eugene Gan's Infinite Bandwidth presents the Catholic Church s documents on communications in a most engaging and interesting manner, comprising seven media keys and a fascinating introduction, Googling with God: A Catholic Approach to Media.
Frankly, I wish that such a book had existed when I was president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications as a text which I could have recommended. The important thing, however, is that it exists now to provide a text, context, and challenge for those who wish to bring both Christian principles and professional excellence to their work in the media.
In an increasingly secularized environment, in which religion is no longer featured in the general media except in a sensational manner and in which it is so often forced to live in a ghetto, Dr. Gan offers a challenging vision of how, why, and when to use all media in an imaginative, challenging, and faith-filled way.
Gan provides the reader with seven keys to healthy Catholic media use. He drew all seven from official Church documents, synthesizing 70 years of official teaching into a practical guide to living as genuinely Christian citizens of the media culture. His self-evaluation questions are totally on target, addressing not just abuse by excess (unrestrained or uncritical media consumption) but also by defect (limiting oneself to the most unchallenging movies, or failing to create positive media content). Best of all, Gan gives the whole presentation a supernatural grounding by connecting each of the "keys" to healthy media use to a specific virtue.
--Sister Anne Joan Flanagan, FSP, Daughters of St. Paul, a.k.a. "nunblogger"
In the exceptionally well-written and researched "The 7 Media Keys (A Catholic Media Guide)," Eugene Gan presents the reader with a comprehensive Catholic framework to consume and critique contemporary media. He skillfully argues that it is critical for Catholics to engage contemporary culture, using Pope John Paul II's comparison of today's new media landscape to the Areopagus—the social and intellectual hub of ancient Athens where Paul preached to pagans.
--Dr. Derry Connolly, President of John Paul the Great Catholic University
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