Digital Activism

Religious activism, much like all movements for social change, has been profoundly changed by the emergence of the Internet and its eager uptake by religious adherents. The Internet serves both as a platform for mobilisation and communication and as a sphere of social, political, and religious action. The democratic nature of Internet access and production has allowed religious leaders across diverse religious traditions to experiment with blogs and YouTube channels to expand their reach and authority far beyond local borders.

The same is true, however, for religious activists, dissidents, and ordinary laypeople, who have been able to use the same technologies to build community and disseminate information independently and outside the control of traditional forms of religious authority. Religious activists have used digital technologies to grow ...

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