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Macintosh Devotion as Implicit Religion

Came across this article today as part of my pulling stuff together for my “Hacking as Theology” paper I’m working on at the moment.
Sociology of Religion: May the Force of the Operating System be with You: Macintosh Devotion as Implicit Religion (From Sociology of Religion, Summer, 2001 by Pui-Yan Lam)

As practice, identity, and mystification, technological mysticism lies at the heart of advance industrial society. When we look at technology this way, we find some remarkable similarities with theological traditions. Like a religion, technological mysticism ‘binds together’ core values into a coherent, if implicit (and often unexamined) set of beliefs and rituals.

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