Beyond New Releases: Appreciating Culture as Tradition, Part 1

A few years ago, when I taught Freshman Composition at a community college, I went searching for information online about WWI. My students were reading The Great Gatsby and I felt that they would benefit from understanding the horrors of trench warfare as part of the context of the novel. The first result that Google gave me when I searched for "WWI" was a spelling correction: "Did you mean 'WWII'"?I thought it a striking sign of our culture's knowledge about World War One that when I went to … [Read more...]

RetroPost – Grand Theft Auto IV: Boycott or Buy?

In RetroPost, we feature a post from at least one year ago (ancient in pop culture time). The posts are featured because they have some relevance to current happenings, because they are timeless in nature and speak to a relevant issue, or because we plan on providing a follow-up in an upcoming post.This Week: You would think that, after more than a year, people would stop talking about Grand Theft Auto IV. That would be true if it weren't for the latest downloadable content that adds an extra … [Read more...]

"God Talk" Fish on Eagleton on Dawkins and Hitchens

In his Opinion post for the New York Times, Stanely Fish reviews Terry Eagleton's latest book, Reason, Faith, and Revolution. In the book, Eagleton, one of the last great Marxist literary and social critics, argues that the Enlightenment view of science, liberalism, and capitalism offer the promise of human progress; however, history has demonstrated that each of these ideologies has failed to bring such progress about, and furthermore, they are not capable of doing so. Therefore, for Eagleton, … [Read more...]

"I'm Your Biggest Fan!"

Not Being God’s Friend/Fan on Facebook: 3 Reasons. … [Read more...]

Compartmentalizing My World: iPods and Community.

Before I owned an iPod I thought they were the most overpriced electronic devices on the market. Why would anyone spend $400 on what was essentially an exaggerated Walkman? After we bought my wife an 30 gig iPod for her long commutes to school, I started to realize how useful they actually were, and within a week or so of owning my first iPod I started to swear to my friends that if it broke I would find a way to buy a new one within a week.What sold me on them was not the ability to play all … [Read more...]

RetroPost: Out With the Old? Netflix and Rethinking Film

In RetroPost, we feature a post from at least one year ago (ancient in pop culture time). The posts are featured because they have some relevance to current happenings, because they are timeless in nature and speak to a relevant issue, or because we plan on providing a follow-up in an upcoming post.This Week: In January 2008, Alan praised the ability that services like Netflix had to enable us to watch older films. Since then, Netflix has become a key reason people have bought an Xbox 360 and … [Read more...]

Fallout 3: The Challenge of a Gaming Morality

In the last two generations of gaming systems, the inclusion of a moral system which affects plot and character has become a prominent feature in many games.  The simple version of this gameplay feature offers the player different endings depending on whether or not they were "good" or bad." More complex games (Fable, Mass Effect, Fallout 3) take a more nuanced approach to morality or "karma," assigning the player various good points or bad points depending on how they act in the world: who they … [Read more...]

RetroPost: The Coming Economic Crisis and Why It Might Be A Blessing In Disguise

In RetroPost, we feature a post from at least one year ago (ancient in pop culture time). The posts are featured because they have some relevance to current happenings, because they are timeless in nature and speak to a relevant issue, or because we plan on providing a follow-up in an upcoming post.This Week: This time a year ago, Alan Noble was preparing us for economic trouble. What was an inevitability then is a reality now.Last Fall we started to hear the rumblings of concerned … [Read more...]

Rasmussen Reports Study Shows that Younger Americans are Starting to Trust Colbert and Stewart more than "Traditional News Outlets"

In light of our recent debate on The Daily Show, this Rasmussen survey seems relevent:"Nearly one-third of Americans under the age of 40 say satirical news-oriented television programs like The Colbert Report and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart are taking the place of traditional news outlets." … [Read more...]

The Death of Print and What it Means for Christians

One of the side effects of our recent economic troubles has been the accelerated death of newspapers and magazines. The Internet has been eating away at the readers, advertising, and content of print media for years, but after the credit crisis hit, print-ad sales in many papers and magazines fell and loans to cover failing newspapers became harder to find. As a result, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer is becoming an online-only paper, while other papers close their doors completely or go … [Read more...]


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