Media Anthropology represents a convergence of issues and interests on anthropological approaches to the study of media. The purpose of this reader is to promote the identity of the field of study; identify its major concepts, methods, and bibliography; comment on the state of the art; and provide examples of current research. Based on original articles by leading scholars from several countries and academic disciplines, Media Anthropology provides essays introducing the issues, reviewing the field, forging new conceptual syntheses.
Chapter 23: The Anthropology of Religious Meaning Making in the Digital Age
The Anthropology of Religious Meaning Making in the Digital Age
Among the many speculations that have circulated about the nature and implications of the digital era has been a robust discourse about religion in the digital or online age. What seems to reside beneath this discourse is a deceptively simple question: How is the emergence of digital and online communication changing religion? It goes almost without saying that to answer this question it is necessary to understand both online and religion better than most scholarship in either area has previously seemed to. It is our purpose here to explore this question through reference both to emerging scholarship on the Internet-Web-online-digital world and ...