The Female Gaze: Moving the Spotlight

Each week in The Female Gaze, Faith Newport engages the trends, events, and issues that affect women—and the men who care about them.What do Ashley Judd, Jennifer Lawrence, and Crystal Renn have in common?Ashley Judd's "puffy" face drew press attention during the recent debut of her TV show, Missing—as did her smart, assertive answer to the criticism. Jennifer Lawrence, star of the hit Hunger Games movie, was repeatedly taken to task by reviewers for looking too healthy and "curvy" (a rel … [Read more...]

The Minority Report: Mobile Manners

Every Tuesday in The Minority Report, Drew Dixon takes a look at trends in youth culture and offers some biblical wisdom for navigating them.I love Facebook, Twitter, and text messaging. I love having instant access to all three on my smart phone and yet sometimes I want to throw other people's phones across the room . . . or at least confiscate them for a time.Today's teens have grown up with cell phones and access to social media--most of them don't remember a time when no one had text … [Read more...]

Mixed Signals: Skype's Campaign Wants to Bring Back Social Graces

Mixed Signals is Erin Straza’s weekly musing about marketing miscellany in advertising, branding, and messaging.Social etiquette is like the English language: It’s always changing. Prescriptivists -- in language and etiquette -- call us to adhere to certain rules for Propriety’s sake.The rule-makers forget, however, that Propriety is a moving target.Somehow we know what’s expected of us, even though there are shifts in Propriety from generation to generation. We know which situations neces … [Read more...]

The Female Gaze: Susan B. Anthony and Me

Each week in The Female Gaze, Faith Newport engages the trends, events, and issues that affect women—and the men who care about them.I have to hand it to those Republicans--they certainly aren't shy about getting things done. One bill after another is getting passed in state after state, and things are looking a bit more conservative all over the country.For the record, I'm not a Democrat or a Republican. In fact, most of the time I hate politics. But, as a Christian, I feel like Republican p … [Read more...]

Sacred Space: Easter Breakthrough

Every Friday in Sacred Space, Brad Williams explores the place of popular culture in the local church.Here at Christ and Pop Culture, we try to take a look at the culture, both inside and outside the church. We try to see how we are influenced by culture, both for the good and for the bad, and we talk about the contributions that we can make to culture as Christians. I love that about this site. My particular contribution is to examine the crossover between the local church and culture, and I c … [Read more...]

Mixed Signals: Fast Phones Expose Your Inner Ugly

Mixed Signals is Erin Straza’s weekly musing about marketing miscellany in advertising, branding, and messaging.Advertising isn’t all that complicated. Simply show the greatness of having product X as compared to the awfulness of not having product X, and you’ve demonstrated just cause for a purchase.A recent campaign by AT&T uses this sort of comparison in its TV spots (additional spots linked below):http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WKX46HCaxAAT&T uses this comparison technique t … [Read more...]

The Minority Report: Prom – iscuity

Every Tuesday in The Minority Report, Drew Dixon takes a look at trends in youth culture and offers some biblical wisdom for navigating them."It's not like they're asking you to dress like a nun or anything," says Ellison Garrett a 17 year old junior at Lee County High School in Leesburg Georgia as schools across the country have started enforcing dress codes for prom. As the father of a daughter who will one day likely go to prom, I would like to disagree--there is a part of me that wishes … [Read more...]

The Kiddy Pool: Pregnant Joggers, Black Kids in Hoodies, and the Strangers Among Us

Every week in The Kiddy Pool, Erin Newcomb confronts one of many issues that parents must deal with related to popular culture.When I was about four months pregnant with my first daughter, I went running in the neighborhood where I work. It’s a mostly residential area, accustomed to pedestrian traffic from both the homeowners and the university students. To a stranger, I probably didn’t “look” pregnant at that point, but I was thrilled to be out moving in the fresh air without needing to vomit … [Read more...]

Sacred Space: Robert Schuller's Glass House

Every Friday in Sacred Space, Brad Williams explores the place of popular culture in the local church. There is no part of me that enjoys reading about the woes of Robert Schuller and the Crystal Cathedral. For myself, it is like a period at the end of a sad sentence. The irony of Schuller's positive thinking preaching has caught up to him and the palace that he built. Schuller's theology, for the most part, cannot help him now, and his failing can serve as a cautionary tale to us all.In case … [Read more...]

Mixed Signals: Sanctify Your Easter Bunny Basket with a Chocolate Cross

Mixed Signals is Erin Straza’s weekly musing about marketing miscellany in advertising, branding, and messaging.When I was a kid, my family celebrated Easter by going to church and sharing a basket of candy treats. Neither of these events happened regularly as I grew up, so I equated special days with both church-going and candy-eating.As an adult, church-going is now a regular thing. (Admittedly, candy-eating is more frequent these days too.) And I also find that Easter is now more c … [Read more...]


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