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Wi-Fi in Plato's Cave: The Digital Icon and the Phenomenology of Surveillance
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies.
2015 (English)In: Digital Icons: Studies in Russian, Eurasian and Central European New Media, ISSN 2043-7633, no 14, 27-47 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The following article takes the negative attitude of the Orthodox Church to the internet as a phenomenon, which derives from a complex development of theories of the icon-medium. I argue that the internet can be interpreted within the patterns of a false icon – or idol. That means a medium, which is diametrically different from an icon in substance, but appears with the icon's phenomenological attributes, i.e. an imagined gaze, watching the human being. I continue with a discussion of the meaning of the notion of virtual reality in relation to patristic and modern versions of icon theology.

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2015. no 14, 27-47 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-277615OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-277615DiVA: diva2:905195
Available from: 2016-02-22 Created: 2016-02-22 Last updated: 2017-11-30Bibliographically approved

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