I have read several books, heard several talks (ironic that one) that talk about the demise of the monolgue, the idea that one person speaking is so outdated, and so hopeless for connecting to people that we should abandon it, i.e teaching and preaching. I often hear about how blogs are a wonderful example of allowing people to participate beyond the monologue.
Yet I have talked before about how blogs, especially popular ones, have huge numbers of visitors, who lurk, and read, but never post, whilst one person posts, and a few others might be involved. Sounds like a regular congregation to me.
And now we have the growth of the podcast, people taking away monologues on their iPod. And people scrambling to record their monologues and have others listen to them. The podcast phenomenon shows that it isn't the medium of the monologue that is axiomatically the problem. The Podcast extends the possiblities for monolgues, good one and bad ones. My sunday talks /teachings/interaction are downloaded hundred and sometimes thousands of times each month, by people I've never met, which still seems strange.
Like Barclays bank said, 'we're all bank managers now', maybe 'we're all preachers now'.
And how will people filter these new monolgues? Probably in the way they always have, asking if they are they helpful engaging, entertaining, connecting.
The monologue is dead, long live the monlogue