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The Internet Is Our New Religion

So, we all joke about how silly the internet is (cat videos! sexting!), but, of course, it also has the very real power to change the world (Google! Egypt!). You probably spend as much time as you do online as you do anywhere else, and maybe you’d say the internet was your addiction, but would you ever say it was your religion? Well, this guy makes a compelling case for why we might all want to worship He’s Jim Gilliam, an internet pioneer and film producer, and he didn’t come to this conclusion easily. He was raised as a born-again Christian, but his faith was tested during two grueling battles with cancer. After the internet literally saved his life, he emerged with a changed belief of what God means and a strong faith in the power of the internet (and the people who make it up). It’s a long speech, but I swear it’s worth using what’s left of your attention span to watch the whole blessed thing. It might change the way you think about your connection to the online world, and, if nothing else, his story of survival is inspiring. (Fair warning: it’s a refreshingly earnest and very moving tale — so you might want to turn off your snark-shield and put your sunglasses on before you hit play. Then you can pretend that the liquid running down your cheeks is sweat from being out in the heat!)



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