RE220 Lecture Notes - Veggietales, Pussy Riot, Buju Banton

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Published on 22 Apr 2013
School
WLU
Department
Religion & Culture
Course
RE220
The Four Typologies: A group of types
1) Religion in popular culture
- Sounds in music videos, churches in music videos
- Reference to biblical theories in lyrics, TV shows, videos
- Supernatural figures that can heal, Christ, Jesus
- Tattoos or religious symbols
- Yoga, religious traditions
o Examples: The Simpsons, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Sister Act, Veggie tales
(religion adopting pop culture) E.g., Homer meets god
o Tales of Shivaour comic book
o Sister act movie with Whoopi
2) Popular culture in religion
- Twitter, Facebook, social media for religious purposes
- Clothes, modern fashion worn by religious tweets
- Mass on television
- Mass broadcasted over the radio
- Changed structure of church service to keep attention of viewers and listeners
- Buddhist magazine, selling ads to fund
- Religions use webs sites
- Religion in popular culture= reduced for entertainment purposes
- Apps for bibles and other religious purposes
3) Popular culture as religion
- Rock n roll as religion
- Sports as a religion
- Trekkies (star trek fans)
- Harry Potter
- People who structure their life around a certain aspect of popular culture
E.g., Hockey
Community, same goal
Acts like religion, sounds like religion, and functions like religion
E.g., baseball
4) Religion and popular culture in dialogue (ethics and values)
- Ethical discussions in popular culture
- Ethical concerns in popular culture
- Revealing certain personal information about a celebrity and how the media portrays a certain
topic
- When pop culture critiques religion
- Negotiation of ethical concerns
- Challenging religion and ethics
- Critiquing mainstream ethics
- Negotiation of ethical concerns in pop culture
- Homophobic tendencies discussed in pop culture
- Anti-gay lyrics
Ethical issues reflects both culture and religion
E.g., Violence in pop culture, Buju Banton, submissive women in India (the Water),
arcade fire, the pussy riot
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The four typologies: a group of types: religion in popular culture. Sounds in music videos, churches in music videos. Reference to biblical theories in lyrics, tv shows, videos. Supernatural figures that can heal, christ, jesus. Yoga, religious traditions: examples: the simpsons, buffy the vampire slayer, sister act, veggie tales (religion adopting pop culture) e. g. , homer meets god, tales of shiva our comic book, sister act movie with whoopi, popular culture in religion. Twitter, facebook, social media for religious purposes. Clothes, modern fashion worn by religious tweets. Changed structure of church service to keep attention of viewers and listeners. Religion in popular culture= reduced for entertainment purposes. Apps for bibles and other religious purposes: popular culture as religion. People who structure their life around a certain aspect of popular culture. Acts like religion, sounds like religion, and functions like religion. E. g. , baseball: religion and popular culture in dialogue (ethics and values)

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