Stewarding the Subtle Politics of Technical Objects: Perspectives on the Immediacy of Evangelical Worship Practice

Laurie Baker

Abstract


In the worlds of technology trade events and training conferences in the United States, evangelical volunteers learn to steward audio, video, and lighting devices for the creation of immersive worship ecologies. This article explores how technology stewards learn to understand their relationship to technology. It asks: what does attending to the lively capacities of animated technologies used for worship reveal about the role of technology stewardship? It is argued that technicians, through the training events explored, learn to understand their role as technology stewards through attempts to render technology invisible and transparent.

Dans les mondes des événements commerciaux de la technologie et des conférences de formation aux États-Unis, les bénévoles évangéliques apprennent à régir l’audio, vidéo, et dispositifs d’éclairage pour la création d’écologies de culte immersifs. Cet article examine comment les intendants technologiques apprennent à comprendre leur relation à la technologie. L’article demande : que révèle la gestion des capacités vives de la technologie animé utilisé pour le culte sur le rôle de la technologie intendance? On fait valoir que les techniciens, à travers les activités de formation, apprennent à comprendre leur rôle en tant que gardiens de la technologie parmi les tentatives de rendre la technologie invisible et transparent.


Keywords


Anthropology; New media; Evangelicalism; Religious practice; Stewardship / Anthropologie; Les nouveaux médias; évangélisme; La pratique religieux; Intendance

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.22230/cjc.2015v40n1a2867

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