Skip to comments.Anthropologist 'confirms' Apple is a religion
Posted on 10/25/2012 1:44:23 PM PDT by Paradox
Think religion, think ritual: history, perhaps sacred writings, proscribed sets of moral laws, and potentially a sacrifice or two. There are plenty of organizations and cultures around the world that claim they adhere to a certain set of beliefs, but could adoration and a cult following for a technology firm be the next step?
The University of British Columbia's Dr. Kirsten Bell believes that much of the aforementioned applies to Apple. After observing launch videos, and recently attending the iPad mini launch for TechNewsDaily, the social anthropologist said that Mac fandom has some strikingly similar parallels between a religion or cult status:
A stranger observing one of the launches could probably be forgiven for thinking they had stumbled into a religious revival meeting. Before specializing in the biomedical field, the research fellow conducted fieldwork on new religious movements in South Korea until 2005. Based on this experience, Bell believes that Apple is "littered with sacred symbols" -- most notably, the iconic Apple logo. (Ironically, some believe the bitten Apple is "anti-Christian").
It's not like any other firm uses a logo for representation, or goes through the revamp process to stay modern and recognizable. Oh, no....
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dennis prager proves liberalism is a religion and man made gorebull warming ecofreakdom is also a religion. in fact both are closer to a religion than islam.
Where’s the far more important study of Welfare or Entitlement as a religion?
If you needed any proof that liberalism is a religion you should come here and listen to the worship of Paul Wellstone on the 10th anniversary of his death.
Saint Paul isn’t just a town in Minnesota anymore.
ROFL at the video!!!
And so is Amway
let's not stop at Apple(tm)..............
I liked the video.... they were likely Obama voters.
Now about this religion thing. LOL
I own Apple products and have for about 4 years. I still find Gore disgusting and I haven’t turned homosexual.
I simply like the products and I love the service. I kinda figure it’s my money, so I’ll spend it on anything I choose to spend it on.
Now, I do have an Airstream trailer and owning one IS an religious experience.
Would you like to see naked pictures of my boat, my John Deere tractor, my guns??
Buy what you like and hopefully you will like what you buy.
I thought he was dead.
I thought no one was allowed to show a picture of the Prophet. Oh wait..that was a DIFFERENT prophet.
Whyn’t ya take a look at Obamoism, Dr Bell!
Dead? I think he came back as a 7” tablet, so he may as well pe in hell.
Apple: You can find better, but you’ll never pay more!
Anti-Apple fits the definition also. I looked at Hale-Bopp as a comet. Others looked at it as a mother ship.
One of the worst dweebs I ever met was an Apple zealot. He was a fanatic about it. He RESENTED having to use a PC at work.
On the other hand, I do worship my iPhone. Is that so wrong?
A religion? No, but my faith in Macintosh had both more substance and more substantial rewards than lots of other people's faith in Marxism, Islam, the Democratic [sic] party, Harley-Davidson motorcycles, et alia. Only one of the hundreds of Macintoshes I've bought and specified over the years was a dud, and it was a Power Computing clone, not an Apple. The one I'm using this afternoon is eight years old, still going strong, albeit noisy because the fan comes on at 65° instead of a higher temperature. I've had to replace the battery, which set me back nearly $20. I've had to vacuum dust out of it at least once a year. The operating system... Well, let me put it this way: if I could go back to OS 7 or OS 8, I'd have done it a long time ago.
I think there is a broader “religion” involved and that is the religion of the “computer technology revolution” itself, and Apple, Microsoft, the Internet, Google, cell phones, ect,, ect., are just branches, or interconnected “denominations/sects” of that religion;
and like many religions
the computer technology revolution/religion insists you, and all society MUST jump on board, or you won’t be saved; only that is referring to now, in this lifetime, not the hereafter
Interesting that it is a religion spread by the public schools. Many school districts give out apples to their jr high and high school students.
Would you resent having to use an Apple?
Me toooooo. HyperCard was easy enough for even a dummy like me to create useful stuff. Actually I loved the GUI on the II GS.
Cute but the iPad mini display is 7.9 inches.
What about fans of Star Trek and Star Wars?