DIGITAL RITUAL: The Emergent Digital Identity of the Mormon Church

The biographer Fawn Brodie emphasized Joseph Smith’’s audacity in utilizing a communications technology–—the printing press–—to disseminate a new religious identity: “[He] dared to found a new religion in the age of printing.” After Smith’’s martyrdom in 1844, the Mormon Church continued his technological audacity, progressively adopting the telecommunications technologies of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Similarly, contemporary Mormon prophets have ambitiously adopted today’’s digital telecommunications technologies. So “

Nick Hales, Jinelle Monk