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The irony of the “authenticity” demanded from and delivered by social media is that it’s not really authentic. It’s voyeuristic: the viewers get to feel like they’re in on whatever action is taking place, but they’re taking none of the risks necessary to really play a meaningful role in the life of another. They’re paying nothing for the intimate personal knowledge they are trying to gain. These voyeurs are not loving their neighbours; they’re being entertained by their faults without helping them bear their burdens.

– p.23 Modern Reformation Vol 25 No.6 | American Idol, American Culture, the Christian Church and Your Bible Study | Article by Mark L Ward, JR