Bret’s calling is to work toward a more generous Internet, one person at a time. In addition to being the Director of MDS, he is also a PhD student at Michigan State University, where he's studying the Internet and human connection. More specifically, he’s researching digital affinity spaces (e.g. online videogames, Twitter hashtags, fan forums, podcasts, and YouTube channels) and social capital. Bret is an avid gamer motivated by exploration and social connection, primarily in Elder Scrolls Online but in many independent games as well. He still keeps in touch with his first online friend, from AOL in the early 1990s.
Social Media is a tool that gives us access to virtually every continent and billions of people right from our phones. This allows for countless opportunities to connect, innovate, and learn from people all over the world.
The work of Ministry in Digital Spaces (MDS) is to empower students and faculty to engage fully with their peers in new and emerging digital spaces, relating deeply and honestly in these spaces. As we do this, all of our efforts will be rooted in our core values of RELATIONSHIPS, RECONCILIATION, and PROPHETIC IMAGINATION.
Each week, we talked about what games to play, what to watch or read, and who to follow on social media. Our recommendations revolved around geek culture. Our commentary and discussion on each recommendation was framed by the intersection of faith, reconciliation, and geek culture.