21st Challenge No. 21

Prayers for the digital age


Charlie VaronJim Rosenau
April 24, 1999 8:00PM (UTC)

"Forward into battle! God is great!"

"Guide me, O Great Spirit, through my evening commute."

Since the dawn of our species, human beings have beseeched a higher force to
watch over us in all endeavors, from the lofty to the mundane. So why are
there so few digital-era prayers? Is it because we have devolved into
rational silicon materialism, longing more for RAM than for spirit?

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Readers are invited to submit up to three brief prayers, blessings or
supplications. Each should be no more than 50 words and should be suited to
a specific ritual of the Information Era: the day's first cold boot, the
installation of a new network, the recovery of a large file, etc. Submissions
may draw on any religious tradition or spiritual practice, existing or imagined.

R U L E S

Send your submissions via e-mail only to salon21st@salonmagazine.com.
Please include your full name and an accurate e-mail address so we can
contact you if you're a winner. By submitting your entry you give Salon Technology
permission to publish it. Deadline for entries is May 3, 1999.

P R I Z E S

The winning response will receive a copy of Salon Technology senior
correspondent Andrew Leonard's book, "Bots: The Origin of New Species."

In two weeks we'll publish a winner and some selected entries -- then
start over a couple weeks after that with a whole new challenge.

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Charlie Varon

Charlie Varon is a humorist and playwright. His works include "Ralph Nader Is Missing" and "Rush Limbaugh in Night School."

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Jim Rosenau

Jim Rosenau is a writer, editor and software designer in Berkeley, Calif. Jim and Charlie are also co-founders of the citizens group Californians for Earthquake Prevention and partners in Mockingbird Media, which offers a full line of comic services.

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