American Idol, American Culture, the Christian Church, and Your Bible Study

Tuesday, 01 Nov 2016

“Some very conservative American Christians like to talk as if they stand entirely apart from American culture, which is kind of like a fish insisting to another fish (through bubbles) that he’s actually flying through the air.”
Pop music isn’t my thing, so I never really watched an episode of American Idol—except once, when someone I knew personally landed in the top ten. But even pop-music holdouts like me can’t help seeing the headlines and the highlight videos; the show was a ubiquitous cultural presence. Until it wasn’t. The New York Times tells the tale: The ratings declined, gently at first, and the “Idol” pop-star spigot began trickling dust. The show stopped producing big new stars around the time that YouTube emerged as a musical ...

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