No More SMS From Jesus

September 27, 2006

Gumption presents a nice digest of Genevieve Bell‘s (cancelled) Ubicomp presentation, “No More SMS from Jesus: Ubicomp, Religion and Techno-spiritual Practices:”

The title derives from a Reuters headline announcing the demise of a Finnish mobile service that offered text messages from Jesus, in response to prayers received from subscribers. Genevieve goes on to highlight a range of other techno-spiritual practices, including

Genevieve notes that “religion shapes ideas about time, space and social relationships” (very much in line with obserations Brenda Laurel made in her closing keynote on day 3 of UbiComp regarding the influence of art and music on our understanding and representation of time and space in nature), and the importance of ritual and magic in many primitive religions (calling to mind some of Bruce Sterling‘s condemnations of magic on day 1 of the conference). (Gumption)

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4 Responses to “No More SMS From Jesus”

  1. Shaastra Says:

    denoting inferior status (2) Thamesportal n. quarrel or contention. From combination of English

  2. didactique Says:

    yo glot, you can lose the automatic emoticon-conversion feature – dumb insipid white noise face triggered by combo of “) – by turning off the feature under options/writing. sgnd, blogmeister ‘tique

  3. didactique Says:

    won’t even let me type the combo as a comment sans giving me the face in question. losing hope here… “)

  4. Phoenix Says:

    Can anyone recommend me?
    I need an free sms service for my homepage.
    I am seeking one with the option to change the design(for a bit).
    Thanks a million!


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