Digital Existence: Ontology, Ethics and Transcendence in Digital Culture advances debates on digital culture and digital religion in two complementary ways. First, by focalizing the themes ‘ontology,’ ‘ethics’ and ‘transcendence,’ it builds on insights from research on digital religion in order to reframe the field and pursue an existential media analysis that further pushes beyond the mandatory focus in mainstream media studies on the social, cultural, political and economic dimensions of digitalization. Second, the collection also implies a broadening of the scope of the debate in the field of media, religion and culture – and digital religion in particular – beyond ‘religion,’ to include the wider existential dimensions of digital media. It is the first volume on our digital existence in the budding field of existential media studies.

chapter |25 pages

Digital existence

An introduction
ByAmanda Lagerkvist

part I|88 pages

Media ontologies

chapter 1|32 pages


On the very concept of digital ontology
ByJustin Clemens, Adam Nash

chapter 2|20 pages

Umwelt and individuation

Digital signals and technical being
ByJonas Andersson Schwarz

chapter 3|19 pages

Thrownness, vulnerability, care

A feminist ontology for the digital age
ByMargaret Schwartz

chapter 4|15 pages

Digital unworld(s)

The Bielefeld Conspiracy
ByYvette Granata

part II|72 pages

Being human

chapter 5|20 pages

You have been tagged

Magical incantations, digital incarnations and extended selves 1
ByPaul Frosh

chapter 6|19 pages

Surveillance, sensors, and knowledge through the machine

BySun-ha Hong

chapter 7|15 pages

Social media and the care of the self

ByGanaele Langlois

chapter 8|16 pages

The ethics of digital being

Vulnerability, invulnerability, and ‘dangerous surprises’
ByVincent Miller

part III|77 pages


chapter 9|21 pages

The internet is always awake

Sensations, sounds and silences of the digital grave
ByAmanda Lagerkvist

chapter 10|17 pages

Digital rituals and the quest for existential security

ByJohanna Sumiala

chapter 11|15 pages

Cybernetic animism

Non-human personhood and the internet
ByDevin Proctor

chapter 12|22 pages

Death in life and life in death

Forms and fates of the human
ByConnor Graham, Alfred Montoya

chapter |14 pages


ByCharles M. Ess