Media, Internet and Spirituality

The Historical Development of the Mythical Santa Claus

Michel Rizzotti Every year as winter sets in, people go through a yearly ritual called the Holidays. For some, Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus, a religious event. For others, it’s a secular season of gift giving and receiving. For most, it’s a...

Edward Snowden: Banned and Sovereign

Michel Rizzotti Regardless of the covert encroachment of the Internet by the varied security States, cyberspace is nonetheless altering the jurico-political landscape of the world. Fugitive Edward Snowden’s legal status personifies what Giorgio Agamben describes...

The Inauguration of the Washington National Monument

Michael Rizzotti In an earlier study on the dedication of Quebec’s monuments, I realized that these civil events revealed interesting details about the mythical edification of society as a whole.1 Consequently, I chose to expand my field of research to include...

Linux: An Open-Source Dynamic

Michael A Rizzotti The Linux open-source software is a showcase for the unfolding Age of the Internet. A disk operating system that would not have been possible without the advent of the new medium. Linux was started in 1991 by a Finnish hacker called Linus Trovalds....

Faltering Hierarchies and the Emergence of Open Source

Michael A Rizzotti When he was still working at IBM, Larry Ellison became convinced that a relational database software would be more efficient than a hierarchical one. He came up with an idea for a prototype and proposed it to the corporate brass. His concept was not...

A Discourse on Spirituality

Michael A. Rizzotti Spirituality precedes religion. All great religious leaders were foremost spiritual beings. The overwhelming power of their spiritual experience eventually gave birth to world religions. True spirituality is essentially about communication, between...