Defense Date

3-27-2020

Graduation Date

Winter 12-18-2020

Availability

Immediate Access

Submission Type

dissertation

Degree Name

PhD

Department

Communication and Rhetorical Studies

School

McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts

Committee Chair

Pat Arneson

Committee Member

Antony Wachs

Committee Member

Ronald Arnett

Keywords

Smartphones, Family, Small Christian Communities, Catholic Universities, Ethic, Moral behavior

Abstract

This project is a synthesis of Church documents and papal encyclicals to form a Catholic ethic for the smartphone use in Tanzania. The research question for this project is how a Catholic communication ethic shapes the use of smartphones for human communication in Tanzania. The problem I want to address is the perceived danger of losing connectivity or ‘real’ face-to-face encounters between people in “let’s talk culture” in Tanzania. The goal of this project is to appreciate the use of smartphones, at the same time to attend to a Catholic ethic to integrate into a “let’s talk culture” some digital aspects. To address this question, the project offers and draws from both Church literature and communication scholars to arrive at building moral behavior which is the implication of this project. The building of moral behavior will encompass three areas: family, Small Christian Communities (SCCs), jumuiya and Catholic Universities.

Language

English

Included in

Rhetoric Commons

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