The vitality of new media and religion: Communicative perspectives, practices, and changing authority in spiritual organization

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Abstract

We are witnessing the growth of a distinct sub-field focusing on new media and religion as the relationship between the two is not just important, it is vital. I discuss in this article how this vitality is both figurative and literal in multiple dimensions. Mediated communication brings forth and constitutes the (re)production of spiritual realities and collectivities, as well as co-enacts religious authority. In this way, new mediations grounded within older communication practices serve as the lifeblood for the evolving nature of religious authority and forms of spiritual organizing. Further research to identify diverse online and embodied religious communication practices will illuminate a richer understanding of digital religion, especially as a globally distributed phenomenon.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-33
Number of pages9
JournalNew Media and Society
Volume19
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

Keywords

  • Authority
  • communication
  • convergence
  • digital media
  • globalization
  • religion
  • spiritual organizing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Sociology and Political Science

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