Occupying Facebook

November 8, 2011 / 0 comments

In “Occupy Online: Facebook and the Spread of Occupy Wall Street,” Caren & Gaby (2011) propose that “Facebook is potentially less relevant to the Occupy movement than to other movements, and is likely to become less relevant as the movement develops.” Although Caren & Gaby call members of Facebook groups online “occupiers” and refer to…

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In Search of a Free System: WikiLeaks & Tron

December 9, 2010 / 0 comments

In The Hacker Ethic, Pekka Himanen argues that the hacker community’s values are a “general social challenge” which include “the goal of getting everybody to participate in the network and to benefit from it, to feel responsible for longer term consequences of the network society, and to directly help those who have been left on…

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Cyberactivism, iPhone 4 and The Courage to Be

August 25, 2010 / 0 comments

(Note: This post was originally published on an blog about Apple technology, based on a few requests I’m making it available here. -MOR) Apple has been hard at work the last few years building their reputation as a ‘socially responsible’ company.  Like other greenwashing corporations (Whole Foods for example), this reputation is 9/10ths marketing and…

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Peer-to-Peer Blessing

August 27, 2009 / 0 comments

The web site myblessingcircle.com is launching as a self-described “Peer-to-Peer Anonymous Blessing Community.” “Blessing-receivers are invited to upload a photograph or symbolic image and/or short bio of themselves, specify a particular spiritual/religious tradition they turn to for support, as well as request blessings focused on a particular theme or issue. Blessing-givers can review pending requests,…

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August 21, 2009 / 0 comments

I came across “Slayage: The Online International Journal of Buffy Studies” today. It’s difficult to look at any neo pagan online community without finding frequent references to Joss Whedon’s television series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” One of the most often used quotes about wicca, for example, is this exchange between the characters Willow and Buffy…

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August 21, 2009 / 0 comments

Mitch Horowitz writes about Psychiana, a “mail order” New Thought religion created by Frank B. Robinson in 1928. Robinson ran the religion from his office in Moscow, Idaho. “Robinson was probably the first religious figure of the twentieth century to fully grasp the power of advertising and mail-order marketing. But he was more than just…

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May 31, 2009 / 0 comments

One year ago I blogged about Pogo’s youtube video “Alice” – here’s an insightful post about his music on Poemocracy thanks to Our Future Environment for sending this to me. You can download Pogo’s amazing creations on last.fm.

Vatican iPhone App

May 19, 2009 / 0 comments

“Titled “The Pope Meets You on Facebook,” the new Pope2You application lets people send and receive “virtual postcards” of Pope Benedict along with inspiring text culled from the pope’s various speeches and messages.” Via Cult of Mac, via Catholic News.


February 7, 2009 / 0 comments

Via Liz, The Ayahuasca Foundation volunteer opportunities include creating myspace pages for the plants.