Malaysia, September 19th, 2017 (Malaysia Herald).- In a talk to some 80 parents, teachers, teenagers and adults at Majodi Centre recently, Sir Augustine Loorthusamy said paradigm shifts are often triggered by inventions in technology.

He said these inventions are sometimes called “disruptive technologies.”

Loorthusamy, a former president of SIGNIS, the World Catholic Association for Communication, was speaking on Digital Media: Its Effects on Our Children to the Malacca-Johore Diocesan Family Laity and Life Ministry.

He went on to say that disruptive technology are inventions in communication technologies — which have a negative effect on society.

Elaborating further, he said that communication technologies include writing, printing, the steam engine, electricity, the computer, biotechnology, and nanotechnology, which can “wreck societies” if not properly used.

He said the convergence of communication technologies such as the computer, biotechnology, and nanotechnology has led to the ‘leapfrogging’ of cultures, leading to globalization.

“The pace of change increases dramatically, leading to cultural destabilization and major changes in society,” he said.

The media expert opined that evolutionary ‘man’ is facing revolutionary changes, losing the traditional bearings on time and space. Expounding further, he said we will experience “Augmented Reality” whereby technical devices will help us in our daily routines by guiding us with GPS through unknown neighborhoods, and tell us the names of buildings, show us the way to the nearest Pasar Malam.

He stressed that the possibilities are limitless, and so are the dangers in these technologies.

He explained that today, TV and Internet technologies are replacing religious institutions. The television, mobile phone, and social networks — rather than places of worship — are where an increasing number of people find the values that explain and support their behavior and way of life.

Speaking on Uses of Social Media in the Church, Loorthusamy said it gets news/info to the people who use social media and helps people feel better connected to the Church.

He said social media fosters better relationships among members and enables the entire Church to be the Church – praying, encouraging and teaching each other online.

He said people can invite friends to services, share stories, articles, videos, and the Gospel with friends outside of the Church and Christianity, adding that, “ this fosters better relationships among members.”

He said, “Through your church’s use of Facebook or Twitter, members of your church can meet and get to know other members of the church as this strengthens community awareness and the need for community.”

Loorthusamy said social media actually encompasses many different technologies, yet the underlying goal of these conduits is to encourage communication.

He told the participants that the challenge of social media is to create content by the youth, for the youth based on understanding issues of youth, highlighting current activities, self-development, motivational content, and humor.

He noted that the content of social media should address counseling for youth on jobs, stress, education, relationship issues, family issues and social issues.