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‘Where The Zeroes Meet The Ones’: Exploring The Affinity Between Magic And Computer Technology

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In this chapter, the author demonstrates that contemporary 'technological society' (Ellul 1967[1954)] is not devoid of magic and enchantment, and witnesses an elective affinity' between modern computer technology and magic. This affinity counters the modern assumption that magic and technology are mutually exclusive and that the influence of the latter instigates a progressive "disenchantment of the world" (Weber 1948[1919]: 139). He first assesses such an affinity and furthermore explains the convergence of magical and digital models by focusing on a group of ICT specialists, programmers and soft ware engineers employed in Silicon Valley (US, California) at the time of the interviews (2001). They refer to themselves as 'technopagans'.

Keywords: computer technology; digital technology; magic; religion; technopagans

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