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Style & Culture; BOOK REVIEW; Apparitions of Mary, spurred on by technology; The Internet and the Madonna; Paolo Apolito, Translated from the Italian by Antony Shugaar; University of Chicago Press: 240 pp., $26
Los Angeles Times - Los Angeles, Calif.
Subjects: Nonfiction; Unexplained phenomena; Books-titles -- Internet and the Madonna, The
Author: Murphy, Bernadette
Date: Mar 25, 2005
Start Page: E.18
Section: Calendar; Part E; Calendar Desk
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In recent times, there's been a huge uptick in the number of reported visions, thanks in large part to the Internet, contends Italian anthropologist [Paolo Apolito]. It could be argued that access to this powerful communication mode has brought to light only the vast number of visions that may already have been occurring. Or perhaps the Internet, by providing the faithful with a wealth of visionary stories, is fueling the exponential increase. Whatever the reason, the Marian visionary movement -- Apolito writes in his scholarly tome, "The Internet and the [Madonna]" -- has grown at an astonishing rate, drawing in hundreds of new seers, thousands of eyewitnesses of wondrous and miraculous phenomena, and millions of believers.

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