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Silicon Valley New Age: The Co-Constitution Of The Digital And The Sacred

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In the early 1990s in the San Francisco Bay Area, the utopian and spiritual dreams of the 1960s and 1970s spiritual movements made a comeback in the public scene through the realm of the digital. The social-cultural home of New Edge is 'Silicon Valley' - the area between San Francisco and San Jose at the West Coast of the United States. This chapter analyzes New Edge as a set of discourses and practices that emerged through brokerage between the sensibilities of the New Age movement and high tech culture in the San Francisco Bay Area. In focusing on the early developments of the New Edge, the chapter has attempted to counter the determinism that dominated early interpretations of Internet-spirituality. Although advocates of New Edge associate themselves with the countercultural (psychedelic) domain, the phenomenon of New Edge is thus constructed in a constant dialogue with institutionalized science and technology.

Keywords: Internet-spirituality; New Age movement; New Edge; San Francisco Bay Area; Silicon Valley New Age



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