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Michael Kinsella

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781604739831

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604739831.001.0001

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. The Technology of Magic and the Magic of Technology

. The Technology of Magic and the Magic of Technology

(p.42) 3. The Technology of Magic and the Magic of Technology
Legend-Tripping Online

Michael Kinsella

University Press of Mississippi

The term magic refers to a complex process of imaginatively affecting perceptions of reality using distinctive and persistent rhetorical strategies and ritual performances. Both magic and legend-tripping make use of the imagination to conjure events described by supernatural legends or occult texts for particular effects. Technology has long been used to realign the boundaries between the possible and impossible, the known and unknown, the natural and supernatural. According to Erik Davis, powerful new technologies are magical because they function as magic. This is evident in the movement known as Spiritualism and its practice of spirit photography. New technologies, such as the Internet and digital cameras, have revived interest in spirit photography, especially within the context of legend-tripping. The connection between magic and technology is also at work in occult software and the virtual space called noosphere.

Keywords:   magic, legend-tripping, supernatural legends, technology, Spiritualism, spirit photography, Internet, occult software, noosphere

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