[Air-L] Cross-cultural digital religion in the age of corona?

Charles M. Ess c.m.ess at media.uio.no
Tue Mar 24 23:29:31 PDT 2020

Dear colleagues,

On 23/03/2020 11:01, Sally Applin wrote:
> You might query Yale’s HRAF ethnography database (if you have access) to 
> see what non- broadcast traditions are.

Thanks much for this - certainly useful, rich and interesting.  I'm not 
seeing, on first blush at least, much that intersects with Digital 
Religion.  As interesting and useful as the materials on religion are, 
"digital" as a search term returns no results. Nor do the terms 
"Scandinavian," "Denmark," etc.  But will keep poking for all the other 
goodies to be gleaned.
> The broadcast time/ routine may have nothing to do with the material or 
> even culture and more to do with suddenly being at home.

or all of the above.
Regrets for not making explicit that yes, most people in Norway and 
Denmark have been under quarantine and related restrictions for some 
time, e.g., since March 12 in the Norwegian case.

And a fourth data point: in Norwegian coverage of all of these disasters 
- it is striking that somewhere around the 3rd or 4th prioritized story 
on national news covers apparently widespread and deep concerns about 
the welfare of children who are likely susceptible to violence and 
sexual attack.  Now that schools and kindergartens are closed, these 
(usually) safe havens for such children are no longer available: what, 
reporters keep asking, is the government doing to protect these children 
under the new circumstances?

None of my U.S.-based news media, even the most left-wing, etc. seem to 
mention this.  Please let me know if I'm missing something.

Again, many thanks and all best despite it all,
- charles

> Sally Applin, Ph.D.

Professor in Media Studies
Department of Media and Communication
University of Oslo

Fellow, Siebold-Collegiums Institute for Advanced Studies, 
Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, Germany

Co-chair & Editor, Internet Research Ethics 3.0

3rd edition of Digital Media Ethics now out!

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