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I Am Second: Evangelicals and Digital Storytelling

TitleI Am Second: Evangelicals and Digital Storytelling
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsHutchings, T
JournalAustralian Journal of Communication
Start Page73
KeywordsChristianity, digital storytelling, evangelism, social media

This article explores the use of online video as a medium for spiritual autobiography through a case study of the Christian movement I am Second (IaS). IaS has published 74 short films, focused primarily on evangelical Christian celebrities. In each case, the video subject overcomes struggles or achieves fulfilment only by surrendering their lives to God and becoming ‘Second’. These stories are shared through fan blogs, Facebook, YouTube, and offline study groups. Analysis of the design, circulation, and response to these films indicates that digital media are fostering significant shifts in the production and reception of religious storytelling.