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Local Professor Examines Role Of Social Media In Religion

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A local professor is examining the place of prayer in the age of social media.

William Fitzgerald, an assistant professor of english at Rutgers University-Camden, says prayer has always been a kind of virtual communication, in speaking to yourself, or a divine being or as a way to connect to other human beings.

Fitzgerald says sending an email or maintaining a Facebook page is very similar to prayer.

“And what’s interesting about prayer in cyberspace is that it creates a kind of new medium of delivery,” he said. “It’s almost like the wires and the wireless technology that connects us takes on a kind of spiritual significance for a lot of people.”

Fitzgerald says prayer has evolved over thousands of years and continues to migrate over different modes like text, the body and now, cyberspace.

Reported by Karin Phillips, KYW Newsradio

  • Cheryl

    Clearly, the professor hasn’t looked up the definition of prayer. According to Websters, prayer is 1. a devout petition to god or an object of worship.
    2. a spiritual communion with God or an object of worship, as in supplication, thanksgiving, adoration, or confession. When I look at most people’s Facebook pages, it’s rather vulgar and trivial…nothing worshipful about that — especially to a holy God. Not knocking Facebook, but let’s keep it real shall we?

  • fdog

    In other Latebreaking news. There are WORDS on the internet! (Though some, like this story and that professor’s “study”, are a complete waste of bits.)

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