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Book: Fabricating Authenticity

Chapter: Pay Attention!: Media, Performance and Discourses on Authenticity

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.40281


Building on Alexander’s argument, Jones considers a recent controversy regarding Charismatic preacher Perry Stone’s use of his cell phone while purportedly speaking in tongues (glossolalia) to examine how ritual practices, media and technology, and notions of attention work to (de)legitimize the “authenticity” of performance. Jones further considers how normative assumptions of “attention” reify ableist and neuronormative ideologies by establishing neurotypical behavior as the standard for “authentic” or “sincere” religious performance.

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  • Daniel Jones ( - djones3) 'Independent Scholar'