Internet as Religion

Friday, June 10, 2011

Jim Gilliam, founder of political software company 3dna, explains why the internet is his religion and how he's working to develop online tools to change the world.

Watch Jim's hit speech from the Personal Democracy Forum below.


Jim Gilliam

Comments [11]

Bob for GP from Yonkers

Regarding the WW2 veteran interviews, feel free to contact me at ... rpa63 at

Jun. 10 2011 07:51 PM
Ed from Larchmont

Brian Lehrer cringes even when he says the word 'religion'. Religion is just man's organized and inspired interaction with the living God. I guess the internet can be religious in the sense of AA's higher power.

Jun. 10 2011 02:08 PM

I have found several different communities online over the years. I've also gotten closer to my current friends -- people that I would not have seen more than a few times a year have become more important to my life because we post on blogs and facebook and email lists. I feel awkward telling the older members of my family that I read about something that my friends were doing rather than meeting up or calling, but to me it's no different. Being connected on the internet means that my first question to a friend isn't "So, what's new?" but instead "So, tell me more about this..."

Maybe the biggest positive force in my life from the internet was I've drifted away from the community, but I found it at a time when my life felt rootless and goal-less after college. In theory, the site is just a group blog about working towards "things". At first the reward was just that I wrote it out and checked things off the list with new internet friends cheering me on, but the site and the community encourages bigger goals. I love to travel, but I never would have visited all 50 states without seeing the goal there. I eventually drifted away when I started to feel like the community aspect of the site was taking up too much of my time, but I still think it was the perfect site for me to find at the time.

Jun. 10 2011 11:48 AM

Please post the contact information for the man interviewing WW2 veterans.

Jun. 10 2011 11:47 AM
Gianni Lovato from Chatham

Perhaps we should revisit the idea of proposing the Internet for a Nobel Peace prize.
Helping to break the barriers of superstition and ignorance trumps all religions.

Jun. 10 2011 11:42 AM
Merrill Clark from Summit, NJ

As a faithful listener of BL and as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon), in contrast to a caller, I have found the internet very helpful to increasing my faith. The Mormon Church has a website, which is very helpful, open and easy to finding out what it is all about.

Jun. 10 2011 11:41 AM
Anonymous from New Jersey

I have been trying to overcome an internet porn addiction, and started to record my struggles online, in forums devoted to the topic. For something this private and personal, the internet chatroom has been a source of great support for me. I am not getting more religious per se, but I am rediscovering the virtues of self-control and trying to lead a better life, through this virtual community.

Jun. 10 2011 11:39 AM
John A.

I have found a friendly virtual community on-line. However there are two aspects relevant that unfortunately are negative: 1: Many people online hide behind aliases and experiment with strongly antisocial behavior being there, 2: Much of the internet youth celebrate Atheism over any kind of religion, probably to complete the process of adolescent separation from their parents.

Jun. 10 2011 11:38 AM

What was the first major work Gutenberg printed with his new technology the printing press. The Bible.

Jun. 10 2011 11:38 AM
Alex from NY

I had the fortune to be there and see Jim's speech in person. What struck me was not so much about the internet as about humanity. He said, "God is what happens when humanity is connected." And that is so lacking in our world today.

Jun. 10 2011 11:37 AM

The internet is a place everyone cam come together regardless of race, creed, and sexual preference, as long as you don't mind gay jokes on virtually every forum and in every chat room.

There is nothing sacred about the internet, it's too easy to say and not do on the internet.

Jun. 10 2011 11:36 AM

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