British Muslims online
Also, Celebrities for Jesus
It’s WorldPride in my neck of the woods, which means Sydney is filled with unusually buff and well-groomed folks from all over the world. Even the heat and the rain has not dampened the very happy, very horny atmosphere.
As a result, I’ve been very busy with social things, but also work things, so I’m not doing a full edition this week. I did make quite a lot of radio though, much of it about religion and the internet, so I’m calling it a win.
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I guest-hosted the Religion and Ethics Report, which is probably the most high-profile thing I’ve done in my career since one of my videos was featured on the front page of YouTube in 2008(?)
In this episode I spoke with:
Dr Mehmet Ozalp about how the religious authorities in Türkiye have responded to the earthquakes there
Dr Stephen Carlson about the Vatican’s Rome Call for AI Ethics
Katelyn Beaty about her book Celebrities for Jesus
Then today I was on Soul Search with Meredith Lake interviewing Hussein Kesvani (of Trashfuture and 10,000 Posts podcasts) about young British Muslims online. Hussein’s book Follow Me Akhi: The Online World of British Muslims was a good read, and I really enjoyed our conversation.
Before my interview with Hussein, Meredith and I have a chat about religion and the internet, and why I’m particularly interested in this area. I think it all turned out really well!
And that’s all from me today. If it is still Ash Wednesday where you are, please remember to contemplate your inevitable death.
Have a good one, everyone! Memento mori!