Believing in Bits

Digital Media and the Supernatural

by Simone Natale, Diana Pasulka

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  • 9780190949983
  • 9780190050009
  • 9780190050016
Believing in Bits advances the idea that religious beliefs and practices have become inextricably linked to the functioning of digital media. How did we come to associate things such as mindreading and spirit communications with the functioning of digital technologies? How does the internetâs capacity to facilitate the proliferation of beliefs blur the boundaries between what is considered fiction and fact? Addressing these and similar questions, the volume challenges and redefines established understandings of digital media and culture by employing the notions of belief, religion, and the supernatural.

  • Oxford University Press; September 2019
  • ISBN: 9780190050009
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  • Title: Believing in Bits
  • Author: Simone Natale (ed.); Diana Pasulka (ed.)
  • Imprint: Oxford University Press
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9780190949983
  • 9780190050009
  • 9780190050016

In The Press

"Human beings and their technological creations, including and especially their modern digital technologies, reflect, express, and intensify their fundamental strangeness. Scholars have long known that the history of religions is intimately related to the history of technology, from the ancient practices of agriculture, writing, the domestication of the horse, and the forging of iron, to the more recent invention of the printing press and the telegraph and telephone. This book takes that key insight into the present and near future, to the cell phone in your pocket, the computer game on your screen, and the VR system strapped around your skull. This book takes that key insight into the human-techno cyborg that is you." -- Jeffrey J. Kripal, author of Secret Body: Erotic and Esoteric Currents in the History of Religions
"Believing in Bits is a guide to why media technologies are magical: they create beliefs, manipulate thoughts, make us see things. After reading this wonderful collection of essays, you realize why the most natural thing about media is that they are supernatural. This book is full of media archaeological joys and insightful contemporary readings." -- Jussi Parikka, Professor of Technological Culture & Aesthetics, University of Southampton


About The Author

Simone Natale is a Lecturer in Communication and Media Studies at Loughborough University, UK.Diana Walsh Pasulka is a Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington and chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion.

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9780190949983
  • 9780190050009
  • 9780190050016