Several Christian voices have recently been questioning the value of engaging with pop culture, and particularly the kind of entertainment gluttony encouraged by the convenience of services like Netflix or Amazon Prime. They posit that excessive consumption of pop culture by Christians is worse for our souls, minds, and hearts. So are those Christians who believe that engaging popular culture is valuable mistaken? Are Christians who engage with pop culture distracting themselves from more spiritually important things, and from forms of rest and recreation that are qualitatively better than streaming a television series or watching a movie? In the age of binge-watching, how shall Christians then stream? Should we even stream?
This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Caleb Woodbridge about his forthcoming online-exclusive viewpoint article, “Ditching Netflix? Engaging Pop Culture in the Age of Binge-Watching”.
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