Cyberpilgrimage: A Study of Authenticity, Presence and Meaning in Online Pilgrimage Experiences

TitleCyberpilgrimage: A Study of Authenticity, Presence and Meaning in Online Pilgrimage Experiences
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsHill-Smith, C
JournalJournal of Religion and Popular Culture
Volume21
Issue2
Date PublishedSummer 2009
Abstract

The idea of cyberpilgrimage may be met with scepticism. There may be a sense that pilgrimage via the Internet intrinsically cannot be authentic, that without any physical depth, it can only be an affectation, even a caricature, of “proper” (terrestrial) pilgrimage. This “authenticity issue” is crucial, and failure to address it will undermine academic attempts at its study, even while Internet religion becomes increasingly central to understanding contemporary religious expression. This article explores various aspects of the new phenomenon of cyberpilgrimage, framed by a discussion of the potential authenticity of cyberpilgrimage.

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