Posts Tagged ‘Television’

Bad Life Lessons I Learned from “How I Met Your Mother”

[This article contains LOTS of spoilers about the HIMYM season finale.] A Google search turns up plenty of lists online with titles like “Life Lessons Learned from How I Met Your Mother.” While some talk about how the show taught them to trust that things will work out or to give things they previously...
April 2nd, 2014 | Culture, Media, Television | Read More

From Death to Life, Not Rot to Sanitation: Part 2

Three weeks ago I wrote about Christians having to live with TV and pop culture that is frankly yucky. I said that even though pop culture is often disgusting and rotten, Christians who are moving from death to life in Christ have to engage with it because 1. there is some good in it still and 2. they...
June 11th, 2013 | Culture, Film, Gaming, Media, Music | Read More

Christians and Television: From Death to Life, Not Rot to Sanitation

A cadaver in a lab is no more alive than a corpse in a ditch, though it may smell a little less. In the end, both are buried. Rot looks alive compared to the sanitized corpse because rot is life that feeds on death, but sanitation’s sanctity is ultimately worth something. Because Christians identify...
May 21st, 2013 | Religion, Television, The Gospel | Read More

In Praise of “Yes Minister”

I have been putting up a lot of serious posts, so I wanted to do something a little lighter: a TV show recommendation. In this case it’s a British political sitcom from the 1980s. (The minister in question is a government minister, not a pastor.) It’s Yes Minister, written by Antony Jay and...
June 27th, 2012 | Featured, Media, Politics, Television | Read More

You, Me and Television: “Fringe” and Human Nature

Despite the downsides of television, and the fact that we probably don’t need to be watching more, small screen narratives offer profound insight on the human condition. Before the birth of “TV,” 18th Century British author Samuel Johnson once argued that a story was only truly superior if it was...
April 28th, 2010 | Culture, Television | Read More

The Funny, the Serious and the Social: A Reflection from the Leno/Conan Controversy

It’s been an odd couple of weeks in the news recently, with a number of articles and video segments frantically reporting on the Conan O’Brien/Jay Leno fiasco. “I’m with Coco” fans’ dreams for the future of The Tonight Show were laid to rest when NBC executives officially announced a little...
February 4th, 2010 | Media, Television | Read More

Desperate Housewives and Democracy

Desperate Housewives, about to enter its sixth season, is a Gothic television series about a set of women who are stuck in suburbia. Though none of them are “housewives” in any traditional sense, the show plays on the 1950s stereotype. The community within the show is strikingly insular:...
September 3rd, 2009 | Culture, Other, Television | Read More

So Say We All:
Battlestar Galactica Is the Best Show on Television

A shockingly large segment of the population suffers from the delusion that all artistic judgments are subjective. For instance, when confronted with a claim such as “John Singer Sargent is the greatest painter of the 20th century”, they believe that what is being presented is an assertion...
April 4th, 2008 | Culture | Read More