this blog is being deleted

July 1, 2011

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go to daymonsmith.wordpress.com for a new blog with excerpts from his new book!

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Bananality of Mormon Studies

October 14, 2010

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T’other day: during a jaunt through a simmering intellectual salon called Facebook, I learned that by adding a flavored pudding mix to one’s banana-bread dough, why, the resultant increase in relative moisture renders the final product altogether de-light-ful. Here I too strive by way of personal anecdote and even cultural analysis to add something like […]

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NINE of NINE: Endings

August 9, 2010

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But this is the most significant shift which future “historians” fail to diagnose in her condition: the realm of the public, the imagined mass, of the visible and countable and comparable – these places are regarded, futurely, as the authentic temple of the Spirit.  Individual spirits are rewritten as Mass Spirit, and the time-and-placelessness of […]

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EIGHT of NINE: Dirges

August 9, 2010

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So, Will they be any more or less correlated than they are now?  Without the social contribution of a classroom, digital Sunday Schools will become Twitterized: a time and a season to meet and embrace are supplanted by digital timelessness and the seasonless meets of constant, limited-character realtime instruction.  Classroom feedback is limited to FAQs […]

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SEVEN of NINE: (mal)Content

August 9, 2010

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Content: here is matter to Correlate.  Long ago, perhaps, “content” was a category for texts which housed our sensibilities, hopes, histories, gods, and so on.  No longer: “Content” is a category for what remains to be Correlated; every day, every media product, talk, webpage, curriculum text, and mission statement.  How is Brother Content Correlated?  Three […]

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SIX of NINE: Passages

August 9, 2010

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Priesthood Correlation merely names, in the future, the coordination of scheduling software and surveillance apps among agents of the Church who hold keys to its real and virtual properties (How long until “hearing confession” is a Facebook status for LDS bishops?).  This streamlined referentiality trimmed some of the congregational fat from the present-day term Priesthood, […]

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FIVE of NINE: Organs

August 9, 2010

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An administrative department eventually was formed in the 1970s, and the Correlation Department became the corridor through which every text, website, image, DVD, film, commercial – everything produced at Church headquarters – was made to run.  Here volunteers would check for historical accuracy, whether the material met certain needs, and whether it espoused only true […]

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