Books have been burned for centuries – challenged, censored, banned, and destroyed. Some of us have watched as nations faced persecutions for their beliefs or were stripped of the surrounding support they found in words, people, and messages.
Today, that same persecution still exists – only instead of the sole destruction of books; we watch as technology becomes a means for quieting a population or set of ideas.
The times in which we now live are permeated by technology. Smart phones, technological watches, tablets, laptops, televisions and more can be found strewn around American houses, even in the poorest of neighborhoods.
Yet, in some areas of the world, the use of such devices is not encouraged or even permitted. The freedom to watch, message, research, and own is not a freedom they always know. And how can you use the Internet if you cannot read?
So how do we reach a readily available but hard to reach region of people?
- In Iran, 100,000 satellite dishes and receivers have recently been destroyed.
- In Turkey, the government (following the failed coup attempt) ordered that approximately 102 media organizations be closed down.
- In Iran, Facebook and Twitter are banned.
These are all just examples of how the use of technology has changed the landscape of international communication; examples of how geographic location is not the only reason they are hard to reach. SAT-7 bridges this gap through satellite television, apps, websites, and phone.
Throughout the next several weeks, we will be discussing how SAT-7 harnesses modern-day technology to spread the Word of God throughout the MENA region. Next week, we will be discussing how SAT-7 specifically uses technology to impact lives and overcome these road blocks in various countries.
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