Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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978-1-4422-6737-4 • Hardback • December 2018 • $34.00 • (£26.00)
978-1-4422-6738-1 • eBook • December 2018 • $32.00 • (£25.00)
Kate Ott is associate professor of Christian social ethics at Drew Theological School.She also held the position of deputy director of the Religious Institute, a nonprofit committed to sexual health, education, and justice in faith communities and society. She is author or co-editor of several books, including Sex + Faith: Talking with Your Child from Birth to Adolescence. She has leadership roles with organizations including Catholics for Choice and Feminist Studies in Religion.
Christian Ethics as Creative Moral Response
Digital Literacies as Praxis
Moral Approaches and Digital Technologies
“We” and Moral Proportion
1 Programming for Difference
Babel: Valuing Diversity
Data, Algorithms, and Predictive Analytics
Searching Difference, Networking Diversity
Excursus 1: Difference and Self-Understanding
2 Networked Selves
Moral Formation in a Digital Life
Are We Disconnected in Our Connection?
Digitally Creating the Self
The Self as Digital, or I Share, and Therefore I Am
Attunement and Digital Moral Formation
Excursus 2: Moral Complicity in the Digital Society
3 Moral Functions Beyond the Delete Key
Sin and Metanoia in a Digital Age
Digital Data, Archiving, and Surveillance
Ctrl + Z: To Forget or to Forgive?
Moral Functions of Forgiveness and Metanoia
Digital Disruption 94
Excursus 3: God as Panopticon or Prisoner
4 Creation Connectivity
Linking Ecological, Technological, and Social Issues
Data Mining and Digital Mattering
Reconnecting with Cocreative Responsibility
Excursus 4: Digital Clouds and Dirt-Filled Devices
5 Ethical Hacking and Hacking Ethics
Swords into Plowshares
Digital Literacies for Hacking
Participatory Culture and Digital Citizenship
Creativity, Hacking, and Community
Excursus 5: Reading and Writing New Visions
[Kate Ott] argues cogently that for Christians to practice ethical internet use, they must be digitally literate. For Ott, this means understanding 'how data is used, information is created, and predictive analytics are promoted.' . . . Ott implores Christians to use technology in ways that honor God, including practicing forgiveness, being socially responsible, and caring for the environment with their technological choices. Ott’s book will appeal to Christian technology enthusiasts looking to engage in digital communities.
— Publishers Weekly
Ott’s reflection on what Christian ethics needs to look like in the digital society goes far beyond the most obvious issues: the addictive and distracting nature of smartphones and their apps, and the grave difficulty that many of us have engaging social media in a morally constructive or even coherent way. . . . Ott goes far deeper than that in this excellent book, one of the first extended Christian ethical treatments of the digital society—and one that every Christian attempting to live in this brave new world should read. . . . Ott fearlessly takes us into the underlying structure and purpose of digital language and makes us think about many of the moral issues that matter most. Her discussions are fascinating.
— Christian Century
Finally, a book about tech that treats Christians like real human beings. Kate Ott offers a sophisticated, critical, accessible primer on Internet cultures and their discontents. It is not another call for a prudish retreat from networks, nor a ploy to manipulate them for propagandistic ends. Rather, it invites faith to be a guide for creative and savvy participation in building a more just digital world.
— Nathan Schneider, University of Colorado Boulder
So many theological responses to the digital age begin (and end) in moral hand-wringing about how much our world has changed, or in ‘how-tos’ designed to enable more tech-savvy ministers and lay leaders. Kate Ott offers us something else: a kind of moral grammar—or in her language, practices of moral ‘hacking’—to navigate our digital lives in embodied, incarnational ways. An improvisational book in the best of senses, this should be read by teachers, professors, students, parents, ministers, and anyone trying to think and act Christianly.
— Kathryn Reklis, Fordham University
What difference does it make to engage digital technology as a Christian? Kate Ott invites us to think intentionally and creatively about the shaping effect our engagement with the ever-changing digital world has on our relationships and our community formation. Providing a new ethical language, she orients our reflection away from a rule-based approach toward a relational and imaginative approach, all while keeping context, community, and justice at the fore.
— Xochitl Alvizo, California State University, Northridge