Youth Identity in Technology 2
by Sean Marston, Champion for Youth and Young Adults
8 July 2009
I guess many of you have been following the news items about the elections in Iran. I think this is a very pivotal election, but I am also interested in the impact that young people and technology is having on the issues surrounding the election.
Around 60% of the population of Iran is under 25 years of age and they tend to be more aware of the world—politically aware and technologically connected. Many of them had not voted before this election so this is their first time to be involved with the political situation ... and they are not happy with the way politics is working in their country.
What is interesting following the aftermath of the result, is the way that the younger generation is using technology to challenge the election result. They are using blogs, social network sites, and mobile phones to spread messages ... letting the outside world know and see what is happening, and organising their rallies and strategies. Here are some examples from the BBC website:
I think this situation is a great example of the use of technology as a new form of sharing information, giving power, and sidetracking the established norms and setting new direction for a younger generation.
I look forward with interest how this plays out. I also am looking to see how technology starts to impact other institutions and structures that have been 'in place' for many years, including the Christian faith and church.
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Youth and Young Adults
Champion: Sean Marston
Sean Marston’s 22 years in youth ministry (part of that time as Short-Term Mission Coordinator for SIM New Zealand) have informed his passion for reaching those growing up in a “post-mission and post-church environment.”
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