Music at Mars Hill: Lana Del Rey, Rebecca Black, and Ethics

Music at Mars Hill is a weekly column by Luke Larsen that seeks to find God amidst the newest trends in both mainstream music and independent music.Lana Del Rey, aka Lizzy Grant, may have been the most talked-about music story in 2011. That is, outside another infamous young singer who fired up debate over ethics and music earlier in the year. And yes, I'm talking about Rebecca Black.The two don't often get put in the same sentence, but in my mind there is a real and serious connection going … [Read more...]

Mixed Signals: Christmas Rage Available at Kohl's (Rebecca) Black Friday

Mixed Signals is Erin Straza’s weekly musing about marketing miscellany in advertising, branding, and messaging.Holiday advertising has been increasing over the past few weeks as stores gear up for our country’s infamous mega-shopping day, Black Friday. One store's advertising, however, may have just destroyed its Black Friday rush.Kohl's Department Stores released a TV spot promoting its Black Friday midnight opening by tweaking a song that got plenty of press this past year. Just when you … [Read more...]

The Return of Rebecca Black and the Christian Response

Some called it a sign of the end of the world.Some called it the problem with America.Some just called it  "the worst song ever."One thing was for sure though, everyone had an opinion on 14-year-old Rebecca Black's first step into the world of music and viral videos earlier this year. At first, "Friday" seemed to be just another internet video sensation that would be here one day and (hopefully) gone the next. However, "Friday" became an easy target for mockery, raking in millions of views … [Read more...]

What Memes Mean: Rebecca Black And Pulse-Checking

I’m not a physician nor the son of a physician, but it’s my understanding that checking a person’s pulse gives doctors and nurses a sort of “quick and dirty” look at a person’s overall health.  Obviously there are more tests that need to be done after a minor touch of the wrist, but if something’s wrong there, something’s probably wrong everywhere.The constant barrage of internet memes that we plugged-in post-moderns have at our daily disposal offer us a great opportunity to check the pulse of … [Read more...]