Jon Stewart

I am fond of Jon Stewart and his little Daily Show – we’ll leave it at that….he has entered our home throught the new dish and is a welcome addition to the dearth that is american politics. (I heard that – you calling me a socialist behind my back…)

Anyways, he goes on crossfire and simply rips on these right/left guys and tells them they are ruining America. You can watch it here: crossfire vs. Jon Stewart

Also – from now on if you call me with a pre-recorded message I will not vote for you. I will vote against you. You don’t even know me.

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Branded, Alissa Quart

I picked up this book for $1!! – Unbelievable! It was recommended by a culture writer in YouthWorker journal and it was definately worth the read. The author came off a bit presumptious at times – working with the basic presumption that kids selling their souls to A&F is a bad thing, which I agree to, but many don’t agree. Overall, an excellent survey of american teenage consumerism – with a superbly fantastic acknowledgment and assessment of their parents roles and influences.

Here’s what she had to say:

“I was entering the world of the self-loathing, branded adolescent.”

“US teens spent $155 billion in ‘discretionary income’ in 2000 alone…”

“The success of free software movements, including Linux and music sharing sites such as Napster, reveals a subversive, communal impulse, as do various Do It Yourself scenes in which teens attempt to make their ovwn cheap or free entertainments to entertain one another.”

“…these names [brands] now define teen identities.”

“…those under twenty-five are now the fastest-growing group filing for bankruptcy.”

“Fantasy Credit Cards…mock passports from the country of the branded.”

“Raised i nthe era of confessional literature [james: just look at most myjournals or xangas], having seen how secrets can be traded for celebrity, teenagers are selling their own experiences before they know they have a story that should be protected as their own or a self that has yet cohered.”

“antitrend”

“The thousandes of kids…feel on some level that the world has always thought of them as a demographic for Pokeman or Nike on one hand, and as hooligans who need to be made to walk in straight lines on the other.”

-Alissa Quart
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West Coast Blogging

It’s no secret I love west ocast living and west coast blogging is just another part of that. For a long time I have felt (God’s pull) pulled to be out here and ministering in this social context. This is where the sun sets on the world and where the sun sets on the church – in a very real way…

I want to live as close to people who don’t know Jesus as possible…I love the west coast.

Bar Code Art by Scott Blake

Came across this online – it’s art made out of barcode, and there’s even a barcode Jesus… kind of a neat artistic expression.

There’s also a place where you can create your own ISBN number – it’s what you’ve always wanted!

TONY JONES!

Hey Everybody!

Hey Dr. Nick!

I am now regularly reading Tony Jones’ blog – he’s an awesome guy who really let me start to see and understand what I had been sensing about postmodernism – I appreciate what he writes….although he is really smart. He understands postmodernism – not the way that the Christian marketing machine does, but the philosophy itself – but I will rant on that later…stupid Christian marketing machine, killing kids…

Anyways – I appreciate Tony Jones and I get ot sit in one of his seminars in about 34 days in PHATlanta!!

OH Meier and Frank!

I have reached a new level of craziness!

I went shopping on the weekend and found the best sale ever at Meier and Frank – so I’m giving them props! They are a store that sold me stuff that lets me be me and still live up to the dress code I have to do on Sundays…

Anyways – I am killer swamped today and can’t post anything intelligent, thougth stuff is perkolating in my head –

VCR alert -hip hop honors next Tuesday night on VH1!

What is the Bible’s gender?

I really do like this question – I think I’d go for interchanging he and she at random… not allow anyone to pin down a specific gender on the word. I am sure that gendering the Bible like this will make some people uneasy, especially (sadly) if given the female persuasion…

I was inspired by this question on Doug Pagitt’s blog, check that sometime.

I also like the “they” concept, as the Bible’s own nature is an argument for community. Written by so many, inspired by a triune God – a story of people, not just a person – even if Christ is central…he is there for everyone else..

What do you think?