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Anthropologist 'confirms' Apple is a religion
ZDNet ^ | October 25, 2012 | Charlie Osborne

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....

(Excerpt) Read more at zdnet.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: apple; fanboy; iphone; religion
Funny video at the link.
1 posted on 10/25/2012 1:44:32 PM PDT by Paradox
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To: Paradox

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.


2 posted on 10/25/2012 1:47:30 PM PDT by bravo whiskey (if the little things really annoy you, maybe it's because the big things are going well.)
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To: Paradox

Where’s the far more important study of Welfare or Entitlement as a religion?


3 posted on 10/25/2012 1:48:46 PM PDT by TheBattman (Isn't the lesser evil... still evil?)
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To: Paradox
Some people have a religious faith in government.
4 posted on 10/25/2012 1:49:17 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the psychopath.)
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To: bravo whiskey

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.


5 posted on 10/25/2012 1:52:42 PM PDT by DManA
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To: Paradox

ROFL at the video!!!


6 posted on 10/25/2012 1:52:44 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Paradox

And so is Amway


7 posted on 10/25/2012 1:53:02 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church shows up at your funeral)
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To: Paradox

let's not stop at Apple(tm)..............

8 posted on 10/25/2012 1:55:03 PM PDT by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: Paradox

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.


9 posted on 10/25/2012 2:06:50 PM PDT by Gator113 (I would have voted for NEWT, now it's Romney & Ryan.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: Paradox
Every religion has its heretics:


10 posted on 10/25/2012 2:08:33 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: bigbob

I thought he was dead.


11 posted on 10/25/2012 2:10:34 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Paradox
I've never bought an Apple product and never will.My previous phones have been Motorola,Nokia and Blackberry...my current is Samsung.My desktop and laptop are PCs and if I ever buy a tablet it won't be Apple.
12 posted on 10/25/2012 2:11:00 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Ambassador Stevens Is Dead And The Chevy Volt Is Alive)
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To: bigbob

I thought no one was allowed to show a picture of the Prophet. Oh wait..that was a DIFFERENT prophet.


13 posted on 10/25/2012 2:12:38 PM PDT by Leroy S. Mort
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To: Paradox

Whyn’t ya take a look at Obamoism, Dr Bell!


14 posted on 10/25/2012 2:12:52 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Revolting cat!

Dead? I think he came back as a 7” tablet, so he may as well pe in hell.


15 posted on 10/25/2012 2:16:54 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Hope and Change has become Attack and Obfuscate.)
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To: Revolting cat!

oops. pe=be!


16 posted on 10/25/2012 2:18:10 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Hope and Change has become Attack and Obfuscate.)
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To: Paradox

Apple: You can find better, but you’ll never pay more!


17 posted on 10/25/2012 2:25:19 PM PDT by Ingtar (Everyone complains about the weather, but only Liberals try to legislate it.)
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To: Paradox

Anti-Apple fits the definition also. I looked at Hale-Bopp as a comet. Others looked at it as a mother ship.


18 posted on 10/25/2012 2:54:30 PM PDT by Chipper (You can't kill an Obamazombie by destroying the brain...they didn't have one to begin with.)
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To: Paradox

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.


19 posted on 10/25/2012 3:17:34 PM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: Paradox
They make good stuff -- period.

On the other hand, I do worship my iPhone. Is that so wrong?

20 posted on 10/25/2012 3:27:51 PM PDT by BfloGuy (Teach a man to fish and you lose a Democratic voter.)
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To: Paradox
I was kind of a Macintosh evangelist years ago. I spent extra to buy Macintoshes. I went out of my way to persuade employers and clients to buy them. I turned down a job offer or two because I'd have had to downgrade to the Microsoft operating system.

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.

21 posted on 10/25/2012 3:31:37 PM PDT by Standing Wolf
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To: Paradox

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


22 posted on 10/25/2012 3:32:28 PM PDT by Wuli
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To: Paradox

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.

Early converts.


23 posted on 10/25/2012 3:36:25 PM PDT by Chickensoup (STOP The Great O-ppression)
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To: TexasRepublic
He RESENTED having to use a PC at work.

Would you resent having to use an Apple?

24 posted on 10/25/2012 4:04:56 PM PDT by itsahoot (Rich people have more fun.)
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To: Standing Wolf
if I could go back to OS 7 or OS 8, I'd have done it a long time ago.

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.

25 posted on 10/25/2012 4:08:23 PM PDT by itsahoot (Rich people have more fun.)
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To: bigbob

Cute but the iPad mini display is 7.9 inches.


26 posted on 10/25/2012 4:59:38 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Osama's dead... and so is our ambassador - Coulter.)
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To: Paradox

What about fans of Star Trek and Star Wars?


27 posted on 10/26/2012 12:00:18 AM PDT by wastedyears (The First Law of Heavy Metal: Not all metal is satanic.)
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To: Paradox

28 posted on 10/26/2012 12:05:28 AM PDT by Daffynition (Self-respect: the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious. ~ HLM)
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