Mediation and immediacy. Sensational forms, semiotic ideologies and the question of the medium

B. Meyer

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Abstract

Taking as a starting point the paradox that immediacy is not prior to, but rather a product of mediation, this article argues that the negotiation of newly available media technologies is key to the transformation of religion. Invoked to authorise sensations of spiritual powers as immediate and real, media are prone to 'disappear' or become 'hyper-apparent' in the act of mediation. I argue that a view of media as intrinsic to religion requires a fundamental critique of approaches of both religion and media that posit an opposition between media and immediacy. © 2011 European Association of Social Anthropologists.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-39
JournalSocial Anthropology
Volume19
Issue number1 (special issue "What is the Medium?")
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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