Thursday, 24 July 2008

Media, Mission, and Batman
by Brian Fisher, Christian Post
24 Jul 2008

Consider the state of the American media culture, straight off today’s front pages:

“The Dark Knight,” the latest in the Batman movie series, took in a record $155 million in its opening weekend, knocking off another superhero flick, “Spider-man 3,” to claim the top-grossing box office ever.

The television reality show “American Idol” is raising millions of dollars for charity over the past two years, using its talent-oriented, interactive format as a platform for connecting with Americans and their generous tendencies.

Social networking sites are growing at exponential rates, as people of all ages connect and reconnect over the Internet.

It’s a far cry from the original Batman TV show many of us grew up watching. (Remember Adam West?) Or “Star Search.” Or rotary phones.

It’s obvious that Americans continue to use and consume developing media at a rapidly growing pace. That we live in a fast-changing media world is no surprise. That the Church has been painfully slow to communicate in that world is unfortunate to say the least.

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