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Connected JewsExpressions of Community in Analogue and Digital Culture$
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Simon J. Bronner and Caspar Battegay

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781906764869

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781906764869.001.0001

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The Second Life of Judaism: A History of Religious Community and Practice in Virtual Spaces

The Second Life of Judaism: A History of Religious Community and Practice in Virtual Spaces

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(p.235) Nine The Second Life of Judaism: A History of Religious Community and Practice in Virtual Spaces
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Connected Jews
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Julian Voloj

Anthony Bak Buccitelli

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781906764869.003.0010

This chapter talks about San Francisco-based company Linden Lab who launched Second Life (SL), which is described as an online digital world that is built, shaped, and owned by its participants. It discloses how SL was seen as the next big internet phenomenon and was the focus of attention by investors and media alike for a short period of time. It also explains SL's complex relationship with 'real life', which is defined both by the encoded parameters of the virtual space and by the social and cultural practices of the people who use the platform. The chapter discusses SL as a broad platform that encompassed many cultural constructions and developed a rich and diverse set of religious cultures. It recounts how dozens of Jewish sites across the grid emerged and were created both by individual users and by offline institutions that established SL presences.

Keywords:   Linden Lab, Second Life, online digital world, Internet phenomenon, virtual space, religious cultures

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