Vanhoozer on How to Interpret Our Culture
A review of the book "Everyday Theology: How to Read Cultural Texts and Interpret Trends"
People have long loved vampires, but they've never loved them more than in 2008 and 2009. From Stephenie Meyer's young-adult vampire-romance novels to HBO's television series True Blood, the world can't spend enough time with these fanged friends.
Here's something I've noticed in the world of music: more and more women (Pink, Britney Spears, and Rihanna, in a sad bit of irony) are singing songs that champion violent defiance—a sort of feminism on steroids.
I'm not sure what to make of the rise of Judd Apatow (the brains behind movies like The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up). His comedies have taken the cinematic world by storm—works that revel in the ribald while thoughtfully acknowledging society's desperate need for responsible males.
And what about the wild popularity of social networking sites? In any given family in America, it's likely that both 9-year-old Sally and 90-year-old Grandma have a Facebook account.
You might not think much about these matters. But I do. And ...