Social Life in Extremity
This chapter asks whether the study of religion has anything to say about apparently irreligious things. It specifically explores the practice of binge viewing television through a comparison with the history of fundamentalism in order to consider extremity as an end to human practice. This chapter refers to the history of wireless communication, Muzak, Émile Durkheim’s The Elementary Forms of Religious Life (1915), The Fundamentals (1910-15), Mohamed Atta, and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
Keywords: fundamentalism, wireless, Netflix, binge viewing