Beyond Culture

Beyond Culture

Susan Ella George (University of South Australia, Australia)
Copyright: © 2006 |Pages: 11
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-714-0.ch012


In this final chapter, we conclude the examination of religion and technology. We have explored both how technology is impacting religion and, in the last few chapters, how theology impacts technology. We draw these strands together now in a consideration of impact upon society, where technology and religion not only coexist, but contribute mutual benefit to each other. In such a scenario, widespread through enough cultures and societies, we have what may be called a global techno-religious age. We start by describing the new global or “transcultural” culture that some people consider ICT technology is creating: a technoculture that transcends particular traditional cultures. We propose the Five-Is of information, immediacy, interaction, intelligence, and Internet, as underpinning elements of computer-facilitated life in such a culture. We see the Five-Is as an important part of “transculture,” and transculture as a “construction” that does indeed span across the globe as a framework for a techno-religious age.

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