THE SOUL OF CYBERSPACE by Jeff Zaleski

THE SOUL OF CYBERSPACE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

 A useful overview of the impact of religion on the Internet, offering lengthy, stimulating interviews with individuals active in Web culture. Among the issues being debated by the figures Zaleski (a contributing editor of Publishers Weekly and former nonfiction editor of Kirkus) has interviewed are the proper uses of Net sites (should they provide information for believers? serve as a forum for recruiting new members? to what extent could they, or should they, supplant existing religious communities?) and, more provocatively, the extent to which the experience of virtual reality and a community composed purely of minds might generate an entirely new form of spirituality. Zaleski (Transformation: Awakening to the Sacred in Ourselves, 1995, with Tracy Cochran) is a thorough and sympathetic guide, allowing those he interviews to speak for themselves and providing useful background to both the growth of new forms of spirituality in our society and the parallel explosion of a virtual culture. A concise, stimulating introduction to an increasingly intriguing part of Internet society.

Pub Date: July 1st, 1997
ISBN: 0-06-251451-2
Page count: 272pp
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 1997