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Ghost in the Machine?

To my great pleasure, I've been invited to participate in a panel at next year's South by Southwest. The panel is called Ghost in the Machine: Spirituality Online, and is slated to feature James McNally (who came up with the idea in the first place), my friend Real Live Preacher, and other fine and fascinating folks who have smart things to say about religion in the blogosphere. (And, of course, me.)

Here's the panel description:

Sex, politics, and religion: the three things you're not supposed to talk about with people you don't know. And yet we find lots of all three on the web, although religion is arguably the least visible. How does the blurring of the boundary between public and private space online affect the way we talk about spirituality? How do online faith communities differ from traditional offline ones? All this and more...

SXSW is in Austin, which isn't far from my family in San Antonio. I know they'd be delighted if I had a good excuse to visit south Texas next March! But in order for that to happen, the panel has to make it through the balloting process. So if you're so inclined, please head over to the SXSW Interactive Panel Picker and cast a vote for our panel. You can find it in the "Community" section (also in "Miscellaneous.") Thanks, gang!

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