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Believing in Bits: Digital Media and the Supernatural

Simone Natale and Diana Pasulka


Situated at the theoretical interface between the fields of media studies and religious studies, Believing in Bits advances the idea that religious beliefs and practices are inextricably linked to the functioning of digital media. Digital media—conceived as technologies and artifacts, as well as the systems of knowledge and values shaping our interaction with them—cannot be analyzed outside the system of beliefs and performative rituals that inform and prepare their use. How did we come to associate things such as mind reading and spirit communications with the functioning of digital technolog ... More

Keywords: digital media, supernatural, magic, algorithms, religion, belief, media archaeology, new media, media and the supernatural

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190949983
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190949983.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Simone Natale, editor
Lecturer in Communication and Media Studies, Loughborough University

Diana Pasulka, editor
Professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy and Religion, University of North Carolina, Wilmington

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Front Matter


Simone Natale and D. W. Pasulka

I Archaeologies of the Digital Supernatural

II Believing in Digital Worlds

4 I Play, Therefore I Believe

Vincenzo Idone Cassone and Mattia Thibault*

5 Repost or Die

Rose Rowson

III Entre Nous: Spiritual Relationships Between Technology and Humans

8 Where Soul Meets Technology

D. W. Pasulka and David Metcalfe

9 Plurality Through Imagination

Christopher Laursen

12 Algorithm Magic

Betti Marenko


Carole M. Cusack, Massimo Leone, and Jeffrey Sconce

End Matter