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Contemplative Media Studies

Department of Communication, University of New Hampshire, 20 Academic Way, Durham, NH 03824, USA
Academic Editor: Gregory Price Grieve
Religions 2015, 6(3), 948-968;
Received: 23 June 2015 / Revised: 17 July 2015 / Accepted: 24 July 2015 / Published: 5 August 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Next Steps in Religion and Popular Media)
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The psychological and socio-economic implications of digital technologies call for scholarship that engages questions about the nature of human consciousness, the construction of the self and the ethics of technical development. In this article, I outline a framework for an approach called contemplative media studies. This approach incorporates several different scholarly threads, namely: via critical political-economic media scholarship, a focus on achieving social and economic justice through policy initiatives and structural reform; via media and religious scholarship, an interest in the religious dimensions of digital culture and the role of media in shaping religious identity; and via contemplative studies, an appreciation of the applicability of contemplative principles to research methods and theory. This framework allows us to examine the spiritual ideology that drives the construction of commercial digital platforms and to ask whether alternative platforms might better catalyze human development. Anchored in a critical commitment to socio-economic justice, contemplative media studies is aimed at articulating an ethically-responsive and economically-sustainable architecture of human flourishing. View Full-Text
Keywords: contemplative studies; digital media; Silicon Valley; self contemplative studies; digital media; Silicon Valley; self
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