Monthly Archives: July 2012

Syria Endgame and A New Map (Minorities in the Middle East)

Fascinating article by Frank Jacobs in the NYT Opinionator about the conflict in Syria, speculating on a possible endgame in which President Assad sets up a rump state in the areas of Syria with an Alawite majority along the northern coast of the … Continue reading

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The Church of Notre Dame (New York, NY)

I like this little church, The Church of Notre Dame, on Morningside Drive at 115th St. in New York. It’s peculiar and pretty, especially with the mock-up grotto. You can find historical information at the church’s webesite. http://ndparish.org/aboutus_history.html

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The Mountain of God and the Nations of the World (Universalism in the Zohar)

[Mont St Victoire] I didn’t see this one coming. I’ve been primed to expect the worst from pre-modern sources when it comes to “the other.” In the Zohar, gentiles are associated with impurity and the demonic. But here you have, … Continue reading

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Religion Picture (New York Times Sports Page)

I had no idea what I was looking at when I first saw this picture. I found it stunning. It was part of this story. I still find the picture surreal and stunning, but as is often the case with … Continue reading

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Synthetic Judaism and New Media Objects: Contemporary Jewish Culture (Lev Manovich)

I saw this article and photo a month or so back at Ynet and it got me thinking about the pre-packaged and simulated character of so many new Jewish culture objects. It probably began with the American bar and bat … Continue reading

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(Change) Mordant (Middle East)

(Funeral of Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv/Hosni Mubarak at Trial)

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Liberal Judaism, Liberal Religion, and The Language of New Media: Who Controls the Database (Manovich)

“Database” is the essential form of new media, which got me wondering about liberal religion –i.e. liberal Judaism and liberal religion (Christianity). According to Manovich, to create a persuasive new media object, the creator-user must combine database with narrative (The … Continue reading

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Online Education (New Media)

  Excellent pushback in Mark Edmundson’s column in the NYT against so-called online education. For Edmundson, education is dialogical, ad hoc, and presentist. You can’t take the form out of content. The lecturer responds to visual and other cues in real-time. About online … Continue reading

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Religion Is A Language of New Media (Lev Manovich)

I’ve been thinking for a while now that “religion” is or acts like a “medium.” In Shape of Revelation, I defined religion as a sensory-conceptual surface or interface, across whose surface is distributed shifting compositions of “natural” and “supernatural” elements … Continue reading

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Ominous Tidings (Affect & Mayhem)

Sometimes everything seems to match up. I spent the whole day yesterday inside writing on a big/bad news day. Lots of rain, thunder, and lightning outside. The rebels in Syria wiped out top ranking security officers including the Defense Minsiter, … Continue reading

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