• Steve Jobs, Buddhism, and Awards Season Paid Member

    The 2015 film Steve Jobs—an intimate portrayal of the man behind the digital revolution—is a formidable presence this awards season, with 13 wins and 87 nominations so far.  But Curtis White, a novelist and social critic, writes in the Spring 2016 issue of Tricycle that the film is a “soap opera” with not much plot to speak of beyond Jobs’ career.  Even worse, White writes, is that the “Apple mythology emerges unscathed”—a “consolation” to Apple fan-consumers and Silicon Valley.   More »
  • 5 (more) Buddhist iPhone apps Paid Member, "the unofficial apple weblog," posted a blog today titled "5 apps for the Buddhist," the newest installment of their ongoing "5 apps for" series.  We have reported a few times in the past on Buddhist iPhone apps and we very highly recommend the free Access to Insight app (a mobile version of the Access to Insight website containing over 1,000 suttas, essays and audio talks by scholars and teachers, and much more) but this new list seems quite promising as well. From the list on, More »
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    Apple consumers as religious adherents Paid Member

    We already know that there’s an iPhone app for enlightenment, but is it possible that Apple itself is a religion? In an interesting blog post at the Atlantic, entitled “The Varieties of Religious Experience: How Apple Stays Divine,” Alexis Madrigal highlights the work of scholars who study Apple’s consumers as religious devotees. In particular, Madrigal focuses on the work of media scholar Heidi Campbell from Texas A&M, who discusses four myth narratives that consumers are told and tell themselves to attach themselves to the brand. Campbell summarizes these narratives like this: More »