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Published:November 24th, 2009 00:40 EST
Digitized Dharma II:  A Programmer's Guide to Religiosity

Digitized Dharma II: A Programmer's Guide to Religiosity

By Sean Beelzebul

Digitized Dharma: My Enlightenment Through Computers and Technology

In my last article, I stressed the importance of Computers and technology in our daily lives. I began to suggest that mankind`s dependence on computers has been influencing the world of religion as well. In this article I will flesh out this claim.

Early this morning, I was editing the style sheets for my MySpace page. It`s a very simple task to reprogram MySpace for a programmer, an hour or less of cutting and pasting code and you are pretty much done. After I deleted the friends and comments tables, I spent the rest of my time filling in the content and info boxes with selections from my book and added a banner for my End Nihilism Unveil Truth" website

After it was all finished, I noticed that the ads that usually show up were totally different. Earlier this morning, I had specified that I wanted computer technology ads and music ads only in the account settings. However, the ads that began to show up had nothing to do with these subjects.

The MySpace ads that did show up were all religious in nature. Church ads, Christian dating services, Christian web applications and more "those selections from my work were very religious in nature, and Google had ignored my preferences in my advertisement request and highlighted all the keywords I used, and based their advertisements on such. In my works I write a lot about Jesus, and ironically, not in the light most people view him!  This phenomenon is all obvious to a computer expert. Google functions this way, it attempts to maximize its profit based on each user`s interests with its humongous database and its extraordinary data mining ability.

So, with that said, what is religiosity for the programmer?  It is the awareness I spoke of in part one of the enormous power computers have over us. Not only are we dependent on technology, but we are socialized, influenced and shaped by what it provides for us. This power can also be used for the forces of negativity and human weaknesses. What am I suggesting? Part III will spell out more dangers with this digitized dharma!