pop culture

When Grammar meets imagination; or, the thrill of the Double Negative

July 30, 2009

New York, 1940: A rugged loner gets a lesson or two from a beautiful, young English teacher. Ramsey Bros. Pictures pays tribute to Hollywood’s Golden Age. The Glitz. The Glamor. The Grammar. Enjoy!

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Guest Post: You Know You Love Me: Gossip Girl through the Lens of the Medieval Corpus

July 26, 2009

Gossip, the goss, the low-down, the 411, the latest, whatyaknow, spinnin’ a tall tale, a yarn, a good story…..Today I bring you a guest post from Preston Yancey who looks at CW’s Gossip Girl in a way i’d almost guarantee you’ve never even considered. Preston is a talented writer who also has a blog of […]

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The online extension of self: Avatars, Profile Pics, and the Visual Representation of Self-image

July 20, 2009

What does your profile picture say about you? What about your avatar? A few days ago Ben Myers shared some thoughts towards a Theology of the Avatar in a post titled Once more on the self in cyberspace: a theology of avatars. He suggests that the visual representation of ourselves online – whether it is […]

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Media, the Arts, and preaching

July 18, 2009

John Piper recently wrote (three days ago) asking his readers “What are your thoughts on drama and movie clips in church services?” In the short piece Piper outlines his position: …I think the use of video and drama largely is a token of unbelief in the power of preaching. And I think that, to the […]

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Harry Potter 6 Review

July 16, 2009

I was going to write a full review of the latest Harry Potter film: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. But Carissa Smith over at Christ and Pop Culture has said pretty much what i would have said but better because i didn’t have to sit down and write it! Besides, I agree with Smith’s […]

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Harry Potter Fever

July 13, 2009

In preparation for the release of the latest installment in the Harry Potter Film franchise – “Half-Blood Prince” I wanted to share this documentary about the fan culture that surrounds the books and films. Definitely worth a look if you are interested in the phenomenon. Hulu – We Are Wizards – Watch the full feature […]

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ChristianColleges.com’s Top 100 Theology Blogs Part 14: Society and Culture

March 1, 2009

Post #14 of a review series on Christiancolleges.com’s Top 100 Theology Blogs list. For details about the list, please see Post # 1 and Post # 2 in the series. Links to all the posts in the series can be found at the bottom of this post. Please feel free to offer your assessment or […]

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Pop lit and Great Texts: what they have in common…

February 12, 2009

Unlikely Allies against Abject Mediocrity in Academia: Great Books and “Pop Lit” Why is it that the world of English academia (and to a lesser extent, secondary education) so concerned with rarefied expressions of literature? Why are we so averse to talking about popular literature? Students and educators alike wonder at these questions. Sometimes the […]

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