Scientific Advance, Art, and Horsing Around With Humanity

Back in August, Wired ran a fascinating albeit disturbing article about Marion Laval-Jeantet, a French performance artist who injected herself with horse blood plasma as part of a project exploring “trans-species relationships”. The project, titled May the Horse Live in Me, involved Laval-Jeantet preparing her body over the course of several months to accept the horse plasma. Once the plasma had been injected — and she showed no signs of shock — Laval-Jeantet donned a pair of stilts with hooves a … [Read more...]

Elsewhere: Netflix is Sorryish, Elevation starts a Conversation, PETA and Porn, and Seinfeld the Oracle of Facebook

Jason Netflix recently offered a mea culpa regarding their recent pricing changes and announced that they’re spinning their DVD-by-mail business into a brand new company called “Qwikster”. Not surprisingly, a lot of folks got ticked off by the announcement, but Dan Frommer offers “10 things to remember about Netflix while scratching your head about Qwikster”.Gamers solve a problem in three weeks that scientists couldn’t solve in a decade: “The gamers achieved their discovery by playing Foldit, … [Read more...]

Mixed Signals: One Man’s Trash Is Another Man’s Billboard

Mixed Signals is Erin Straza’s weekly musing about marketing miscellany in advertising, branding, and messaging.Some marketing messages have layers of meaning that reverberate within the heart and mind long after you take it in. These are the most effective, of course, because it makes the message and the brand stick in the minds of the consumers.I found one such layered, sticky message in the creation of a billboard for Barefoot Wine & Bubbly and the beach conservation film titled One B … [Read more...]

Making Sense of "Culture Making", Part 9: Power & Community

Here it is, the penultimate installment of my "Culture Making" series, i.e., my "blog-through" of Andy Crouch's Culture Making. But first, I need to get something off my chest: as I've been reading the book's final chapters, something's been bugging me. I alluded to it in the series' previous installment, and I think I've finally figured out what it is: the final section of the book, "Calling", doesn't have the same sort of arc as the first two sections. The first section, "Culture", attempts to … [Read more...]

The Kiddy Pool: Fearful and Wonderful Genes

Every week in The Kiddy Pool, Erin Newcomb confronts one of many issues that parents must deal with related to popular culture.I’m not that into aliens. It’s nothing personal, but I prefer science fiction that stays a bit closer to home. Take Gattaca, for instance. The 1997 film features subtly spectacular performances by Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, and Jude Law as they grapple with a world where genetic determinism and biometrics reign supreme. There are two kinds of people in this world: the g … [Read more...]

Elsewhere: Toys for Girls, Pat Robertson, The End of Men, Tea Party Zombies, Apple, etc.

Drew Alisa Harris brings up some excellent points about protecting your children in light of the launch of PastorMark.tvMichael Thomson of Slate wrote an article titled, “Shooting Gallery: Why aren’t their civilians in military videogames?” which spawned my article this week on When Games Matter.Cathy Lynn Grossman reports for USA Today, citing research from George Barna, that more Americans are tailoring religion to fit their needs.Sadly few people know who Eugene Nida is. I love Think Chr … [Read more...]

Mixed Signals: What Your Tween’s Clothing Is Saying (Literally)

Mixed Signals is Erin Straza’s weekly musing about marketing miscellany in advertising, branding, and messaging.When did we first find it fashionable to wear a t-shirt plastered with a clever phrase? It may have been the shirts stating, “I’m with Stupid,” or maybe the ones with the classic smiley face. No matter—for today, shirts with witty, crass, and humorous messaging abound.But clever is in the eye of the beholder. And some clothing designers are finding out the hard way that what is cle … [Read more...]

Citizenship Confusion: 9/11 and the Complexity of the World

Every Monday in Citizenship Confusion, Alan Noble discusses how we confuse our heavenly citizenship with citizenship to the state, culture, and the world.The more I research subjects and learn, live in community and observe people, experience life and grow old, the more I have become aware of the frightening complexity of everything. And, more disturbingly, the more I have become aware of how profoundly dangerous attempts to simplify and reduce complexity can be to ideas, peoples, and nations. … [Read more...]

The Kiddy Pool: A Tale of Two Tragedies

Every week in The Kiddy Pool, Erin Newcomb confronts one of many issues that parents must deal with related to popular culture.My mother hazily remembers the day JFK was shot, a day defined for her by weeping nuns and being sent home early from school. Most adults today have seen the footage, even if we weren’t alive when it happened, of the 35th president’s tragic convertible ride. That bloody image, framed by the ever-elegant Jackie, is part of our collective national identity.JFK’s assass … [Read more...]

How 9/11 Changed Us

In an effort to reflect and remember, we asked various contributors to Christ and Pop Culture to respond to the question: “How have the events of 9/11 changed or impacted you?” Here are nine varied responses to that question. Please share your own response in the comments."Preparation for Mourning" by Ben Bartlett, writer and associate editor On the morning of September 11, 2001, my college roommate came bursting into our room. “Well, the terrorists are blowing us to hell,” he stated, matter-o … [Read more...]