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Hidden HereticsJewish Doubt in the Digital Age$
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Ayala Fader

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780691169903

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691169903.001.0001

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Life-Changing Doubt, the Internet, and a Crisis of Authority

Life-Changing Doubt, the Internet, and a Crisis of Authority

(p.1) 1 Life-Changing Doubt, the Internet, and a Crisis of Authority
Hidden Heretics

Ayala Fader

Princeton University Press

This chapter follows the trajectory of the crisis of authority as it has been unfolding over struggles about the Internet. It discusses the perspectives of individuals living double lives and rabbinic leadership from the turn of the twenty-first century to 2019. It looks into the stories of people living double lives and about their moral struggles that are filled with human pain, contradictions, and unexpected discoveries. The chapter also explains what and who defines moral responsibility, how age and gender shape ethical judgment, and what are the politics of ethnographic fieldwork that are in shared online and face-to-face spaces. It also assesses how media of many sorts can create publics with their own authorities, including the ways that new digital media might be changing human interactions, expression, and concentration.

Keywords:   Internet, double lives, rabbinic leadership, moral responsibility, digital media, human interactions

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