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There's no avoiding popular culturewe've been enculturated into it. What does it mean to be faithful Christians in a pop culture world? How do we think Christianly about celebrity and leisure? Some Christians try to abstain from "worldly" pursuits, while others consume culture indiscriminately, assuming it has little effect on them. But if Christ is Lord of all of life, then there ought to be Christian ways to engage with and appreciate popular culture.
Steve Turner has spent his career chronicling and interviewing people from the worlds of music, film, television, fashion, art and literature. Now he provides an insider's guide to a wide range of entertainment pursuits, with biblical frameworks for understanding pop culture genres and artifacts. Turner explores how movies use redemptive narratives and parablesways journalistic headlines convey worldview assumptionsdifferences between famous people in the past and celebrities todaywhat ideas are communicated through clothing and fashion designhow technology changes our sense of what is realand much more
God entrusts culture to us and gives us the ability to critique it, enjoy it and create it. This book will help you become a better cultural critic, consumer and creator.
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About the Author
Steve Turner is an English music journalist, biographer and poet, who has spent his career chronicling and interviewing people from the worlds of music, film, television, fashion, art, and literature. He regularly contributes to newspapers such as The Mail on Sunday and The Times and his many books include Imagine: A Vision for Christians in the Arts, Popcultured: Thinking Christianly About Style, Media and Entertainment, Hungry for Heaven: Rock and Roll and the Search for Redemption, U2: Rattle and Hum, Van Morrison: Too Late to Stop Now, and A Hard Day's Write: The Stories Behind Every Beatles Song.
Originally from Northamptonshire, England, Turner's career as a journalist began as features editor of Beat Instrumental where he interviewed many of the prominent rock musicians of the 1970s. His articles have appeared in Rolling Stone, Mojo, Q, and the London Times, and he has also written several poetry books for both adults and children. He lives in London with his wife and two children.
Table of Contents
We've Been Popcultured
1. Leisure Pursuits: Why We Should Care
2. Popular Culture: Defining the Term
3. Working It Out: Some Biblical Parameters
4. Cinematic Art: The Story of Stories
5. Journalism: Reading Between the Lines
6. Celebrity Culture: The Game of the Fame
7. Fashion: The Language of Clothes
8. Ever-Greater Thrills: The Search for Sensation
9. Comedy: Laughs, Lies and Truth
10. Advertising: The Hidden Persuader
11. Technology: Rewiring Our World
12: Photography: The Opening of the Eyes
13: TV and Movies: The Image of the Faith
14: What Should I Do?: Consuming, Critiquing, Creating
Author Q&A with Steve Turner