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Jews, God, and VideotapeReligion and Media in America$
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Jeffrey Shandler

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814740675

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814740675.001.0001

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New Media/New Jews?

New Media/New Jews?

An Afterword

(p.275) New Media/New Jews?
Jews, God, and Videotape

Jeffrey Shandler

NYU Press

This concluding chapter describes how new media can facilitate novel connections that enable innovative cultural prospects. The studied topics—cantors, ecumenical broadcasts, public works of Holocaust remembrance, hybridized December holiday, and followers’ commitment to a charismatic religious leader—show that a new cultural midpoint between new media and religion emerges, and is perceived not as unsatisfactory compromise, illegitimate syncretism, a state of impurity, or being lost between two worlds, but rather as hybrid, protean, revelatory. From this perspective, the affinity of religious life and media practices can be best appreciated by the religious skeptic and media detractor as well as by the devotee.

Keywords:   new media, new cultural midpoint, religious life, media practices, religious skeptic, media detractor, devotee

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