Monday, 7 May 2007

Popular Culture = evil?

Is popular culture bad? I'm not so sure myself. It seems to me that some of the critiques of popular culture by Christians simply echo high culture snobbery. Is it really better to have 'good ideas' when they are just as fallen as EastEnder's dialogue? I'm not so sure that Dostoyevsky brings us any closer to Christ than Agatha Christie.... I wonder as well whether a lot of 'popular culture' is actually far more sophisticated and democratic than much 'high' culture. See here for an interesting critique (which I don't quite buy) of popular culture by an American Christian thinker. Any takers for a debate on this?