In the seventh week of our Common Practices series, we look at the importance of curating the amount, types, and messages of media we consume.
Discussion Questions for Common Practices Pt7 | May 31, 2020
Key Passage: Psalm 101:3, 119:37; Philippians 4:8
- What are some of your favorite TV shows or movies that you have watched recently? Be honest!
- Now, what are the “stories” that these TV shows or movies are telling? (Note the specific storylines, but the broader stories, values, and messages.)
- How much do you think the stories of media form and shape you?
- Why does Justin Earley caution against watching TV or Youtube alone?
- Do you think that some of the media you engage is “worthless”? And if so, why do you keep watching it?
- Justin Earley suggests curating stories for beauty, justice, and community. Which one is most lacking in your life?
- Are you willing to do a time audit on your media consumption and then set a limit? If so, how will you do this? If not, why not?
- Justin Earley gives some practical suggestions on pp. 125-126. Which one was most helpful for you?
- Buy the book The Common Rule by Justin Whitmel Earley if you have not already. Read pp. 111-126.
- Watch the video by Justin Whitmel Earley for this chapter at: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYx6oUex-_ixn3FYR1o_PYZ9QQUPVb1Sf
- Do a media audit this week. Track the number of hours you engage:
- TV/movies on your TV
- Screen time on your smart phone
- Non-work surfing or entertainment on your laptop/tablet/computer
- (Note: there are many other forms of media, but these are the primary ones that are most formative.)
- Memorize Psalm 119:37 or Philippians 4:8.
- Consider doing a full media fast for a whole week (radically reducing or eliminating all media).