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Invisible UsersYouth in the Internet Cafes of Urban Ghana$
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Jenna Burrell

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780262017367

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262017367.001.0001

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Practical Metaphysics and the Efficacy of the Internet

Practical Metaphysics and the Efficacy of the Internet

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Invisible Users

Jenna Burrell

The MIT Press

This chapter explores the influence of metaphysics on the online behavior of Internet users in urban Ghana. Metaphysics is defined as interrelationships of supernatural, material, and technological forces, including digital media. Many Internet users in the country have realized this and have tried to accommodate these beliefs in respective patterns of Internet usage. The chapter finds that the youths of Accra are influenced by these beliefs considerably and use the Internet accordingly. These developments also reveal that modern technologies such as the Internet have provided new platforms for spreading religion in the country without compromising its role in society.

Keywords:   metaphysics, online behavior, supernatural, Accra, religion

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