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Digital JesusThe Making of a New Christian Fundamentalist Community on the Internet$
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Robert Glenn Howard

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814773086

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814773086.001.0001

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The End Times in Participatory Media

The End Times in Participatory Media

Rapture Ready and Beyond

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Digital Jesus

Robert Glenn Howard

NYU Press

During the first decade of the new millennium, the virtual ekklesia emerging from vernacular Christian fundamentalism continued to expand and change with the changing media technologies. In particular, the development of increasingly powerful network-based software created different ways for individuals to place their personal content online. Associated with the rise to prominence of the term “blog,” “participatory media” came to dominate the World Wide Web. This chapter charts the rise to dominance of participatory media. The text-based blog became the most common use of participatory media in the movement. On text-based blogs, Web pages that combined authoritative moderation with strong deliberative cues proved to be the most conducive to ritual deliberation. After 2001, these text-based blogs became the primary locations from where participants in the movement enacted their virtual ekklesia.

Keywords:   vernacular Christian fundamentalism, participatory media, Internet, End Times, text-based blog, religious movement, virtual ekklesia

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