Haemony: The Practice of Religion in Cyberspace (2009)
Last November a YouTube user, Haemony--or as I learned based on the link she provided Tiffany Christian, who is a graduate student in Oregon--posted a series of videos on "The Practice of Religion in Cyberspace." She described the videos as:
This video log is the culmination of a term-long project for a class of mine at the University of Oregon. My goal with this project was to investigate some of the ways people practice religion (specifically, neo-paganism) in cyberspace in order to assess the "artificiality" of the spirituality.
My opinions here are my own, created by my own research and aided by various published scholars. I do not claim to speak for the entire neo-pagan community. Citations: Berger, Helen A., and Douglas Ezzy. "The Internet as Virtual Spiritual Community: Teen Witches in the United States and Australia." Religion Online: Finding Faith on the Internet. Ed. Lorne L. Dawson and Douglas E. Cowan. New York: Routledge, 2004. 175-88. Print. OLeary, Stephen D. "Cyberspace as Sacred Space: Communicating Religion on Computer Networks." Religion Online: Finding Faith on the Internet. Ed. Lorne L. Dawson and Douglas E. Cowan. New York: Routledge, 2004. 37-58. Print.
Here are the three videos:
In this segment she explores the value of text-based ritual over image-based ritual.