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Within the developed world, much of society experiences political, economic, and cultural life through a set of communication technologies barely older than many citizens. Society Online: The Internet in Context examines how new media technologies have not simply diffused across society, but how they have rapidly and deeply become embedded in our organizations and institutions. Society Online is not exclusively devoted to a particular technology, or specifically the Internet, but to a range of technologies and technological possibilities labeled "new media." Rather than trying to cover every possible topic relating to new communication technologies, this unique text is organized by how these new technologies mediate the community, political, economic, personal, and global spheres of our social lives. Editors Philip N. Howard and Steve Jones explore ...

Deeper Understanding, Deeper Ties: Taking Faith Online
Deeper understanding, deeper ties: Taking faith online
ElenaLarsen, Pew Internet and American Life Project

Religion leads followers through the deepest questions, sorrows, and joys of their lives. It provides a framework for finding elusive understanding, and its practice requires engaging all aspects mind, body, and spirit. Followers study the texts of their faith but know that words are often insufficient to convey the meaning they seek. So they pray, they contemplate, and they fast. They create music and art. They engage in physical, emotional, and fiscal disciplines to gain another step on the path to understanding and fulfillment.

The internet is a natural place for the faithful to take their questions and practices. It is a space at once both solitary ...

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