Dying to save us

•Jun Fri, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Paper published in Communication Studies n.5.

Dying to save us: Multimediality in constructing mythical and religious narratives of islamic fundamentalist martyrs.

Gospel of Matthew

•Jun Thu, 2009 • Leave a Comment

“For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it” (Matthew, 16,25).

Old and eternal symbols – new and contemporaries readings. The martyrdom practice is not so strange to Western mythical thought. Old archetypes are very hard of disappearing. They return into specific social and cultural context, without losing their universality.

Sacred Narrative and Storytellers

•Jun Tue, 2009 • Leave a Comment

"I am no more than the pen that writes" – a frequent sentence of Islamic legend writers. For them, there is no doubt. Mohammad is the God´s Prophet and Koran is the God´s Word.

History is more than facts. It lives in the immaginative religious narratives.

Going to London

•Apr Fri, 2009 • 1 Comment

25, April, 2009 (London), I will be participating of the Third Doctoral Symposium On Arab & Muslim Media Research organized by Centre for Arab and Muslim Media Research.

CAMMRO has been a pioneer in organising the first gathering of its kind
for researchers in Arab and Muslim media and their audiences.

The scope of the third annual symposium addresses media, communication and
culture in not only the Arab World but in various other Muslim countries
from Africa and Asia. The event also covers research on diasporic and
minority media such as satellite TV, radio and the internet especially in
Europe and the USA.

From there, I will publish informations about what we will be talking about and all kinds of Islamic Media researches.

The group´s slogan is: “Connecting Arab and Muslim media Researchers wherever they are…”. Well, they connected me, here, from Brazil.

More later!

Virtual world, virtual image, virtual reality. After all, what are these?

•Feb Thu, 2009 • Leave a Comment

I have been studying the VIRTUAL, basically because I intend to relate virtuality to religion and mythical narrative in my research.

The word virtual comes from Latin virtualis that,on the other hand, comes from virtus (potency, power, strenght).

Used approachings about virtuality broached an ontology of the virtual image, its immateriality and its capacity to create worlds and ‘realities’ without any previous referent.  Others discuss the technic, the math, the numbers and the formula of binary code necessary to build this immaterial world.

Some authors enphazise philosophical questions as the replacement of the real, the danger of leaving a life totally immersed in another world and the psychological consequences of that. This criticism is not different from many others iconoclasms in History. Many scholars have allerted to the danger of “perilous” images before.

Others take this word as if it denoted a parallel world, an immaginary world unlike the concret and factual one. Maybe, we can say, some mythical realm.

In this case, as many things that refer to digital world and religion, any concept is absolute and univocal.

But I would like to tell the authors I am reading to share later my path: Phillipe Quéau, Pierre LevyJean-Louis WeissbergAndré Parente, Derrick de Kerckhove, Maria Beatrice Bitarello, Felix Guattari, Janet Murray, Boris Groys, Michel Foucault  and Charles Sanders Peirce  (some  of these papers  are availavble in this blog as well).

With some of them, I agree… with some of them I totally disagree. But I believe the conflict is necessary to the dialogue. The conflict between differents thoughts and listening to the Other is the ideological purpose of this blog.

There is nothing new under the sun

•Feb Fri, 2009 • Leave a Comment

There is no “new” media. The contemporary technology doesn´t replace the old and traditional media. It borrows their characteristics and keeps their references. Thus, digital media logic fits in many purposes, including the religious and sacred narrative.

Virtuality, the unreal space,  multimedia, hypermedia, and non-linear time are the raw material of religion since ancient times.

If virtual world refers to another reality, the religious narrative have been providing access to parallel, unreal and magic world since ever.

Neither multi and hypermidia are recentness. The religious practice always used images, texts, and sounds as media to connect the individual to the sacred. In a temple, all kind of media juxtapose and complement each other in a non-linear reading for building the sacred.

If web encloses many and diversified temporalities, the sacred time is not the time of the calendar, but the subjective one. A time that comes from perception. Times that refer to dreams, epiphanies and aesthetic contemplation.

Thus, the digital environment provides the creation of many kinds of worlds. Virtual worlds.  Meantime, worlds that are not strange or just contemporary, but familiar and ancient. Mythical and religious worlds, supported by codes, symbols and cultural signs that we already know. But now, a digitalized one.

And there was an eletronic war

•Feb Mon, 2009 • Leave a Comment

January 2009:  Meanwhile the war between Israel and Hamas was waged in the concret battlefield, another war occured in the virtual world against the Ezzedeen Alqassam Brigade – Hamas military force – website. On January 4, 2009, the Israeli hackers took the website off the web. In the next day, in an very simple page,the fundamentalist group stated that their engineers were working to return the website, “stronger than before”.

On website, one could read their version of the facts on the ground. There, Hamas was the big winner.  There, like in this digital banner, the Israeli Force became frozen before the resistance.

In arab and in an ironic tone: the Army that can´t be defeated.