Matrix of Meanings Finding God in Pop Culture

ISBN-10: 080102417X
ISBN-13: 9780801024177
Edition: 2003
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Book details

List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Baker Academic
Publication date: 11/1/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.276
Language: English

Ross and Rachel had a baby, Britney and Justin broke up, and Time magazine asked if Bono could save the world. From the glittering tinsel of Hollywood to the advertising slogan you can't get out of your head, we are surrounded by popular culture. In A Matrix of Meanings Craig Detweiler and Barry Taylor analyze aspects of popular culture and ask, What are they doing? What do they represent? and What do they say about the world in which we live? Rather than deciding whether Bono deserves our admiration, the authors examine the phenomenon of celebrity idolization. Instead of deciding whether Nike's "Just do it" campaign is morally questionable, they ask what its success reflects about our society. A Matrix of Meanings is a hip, entertaining guide to the maze of popular culture. Plentiful photos, artwork, and humorous sidebars make for delightful reading. Readers who distrust popular culture as well as those who love it will find useful insight into developing a Christian worldview in a secular culture.

Craig Detweiler is Associate Professor of Communication at Pepperdine University. He is the editor of Halos and Avatars: Playing Video Games with God; the author of Into the Dark: Seeing the Sacred in the Top Films of the 21st Century; and coauthor (with Barry Taylor) of A Matrix of Meanings: Finding God in Pop Culture.

Barry Taylor is Adjunct Professor of Popular Culture and Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary and coauthor (with Craig Detweiler) of A Matrix of Meanings: Finding God in Pop Culture. He is a professional musician, painter, and the leader of New Ground, an alternative worship gathering in Los Angeles.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Postmodernity in the Marketplace
Methodology: A Matrix of Meanings
Advertising: The Air That We Breathe
Celebrities: Ancient and Future Saints
Music: Al Green Makes Us Cry
Movies: Look Closer
Television: Our Constant Companion
Fashion: Dressing Up the Soul
Sports: Board Generation
Art: Sharks, Pills, and Ashtrays
Conclusion: A Top 10 Theology
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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