Reflections from Seminary Students

Film Review: What Would Jesus Buy?

December 9th, 2011 § 0 Comments

What Would Jesus Buy? is a 2007 documentary produced by Morgan Spurlock, who directed, wrote and stared in Supersize Me. However Spurlock does not make an appearance in this documentary, as the clear headlines are Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping.  The documentary focuses on how our nation has moved from individuals being producers to only being consumers, particularly around the holiday season.  In fact now is the first time since the great depression that American household have no money in their saving accounts.  Furthermore, Americans today tend to spend only 1 hour a week on religion and around 5 hours on shopping.  Christmas is no longer a time of anticipation, but of dread.

American’s shopping grows exponentially worse at Christmas where many people go into debt to ensure that their families, especially children, receive the best gifts.  Christmas is a wonderful selling opportunity for cooperations because it combines consumerism with the feeling of love and affection for friends and family.  In America children are socialized to see the material goods given at Christmas with love. » Read the rest of this entry «

A Monday Evening Advent Reading: The Annunciation

December 5th, 2011 § 3 Comments

I checked out a book from the library a couple weeks ago, in anticipation of Advent. Watch for the Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas. It’s a great collection. One of my classmates, Jessica, showed it to me last year.

But as I opened it when I returned home, a note fell out. It said, “Ecce Ancilla Domini (The Annunciation), 1849, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Tate Gallery London.”

I’d never heard of this work of art before, and considering it mentioned the Annunciation it seemed related and coincidental enough to count for a day of Advent reflection. So I looked it up.

Dante Gabriel Rossetti - Ecce Ancilla Domini

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Film Review–Miss Representation

December 2nd, 2011 § 0 Comments

Miss Representation is a 2011 documentary, from Girls Club Entertainment, focusing on how women are portrayed in the media and why there are so few women in powerful, political, positions. The messages in the media start young  as girls get the idea that how they look is most important and boys get this message about girls too.  The media continues to impact this message as children get older particularly in the realm of women in politics.  Women who have either achieved political power or are seeking it such as Condoleezza Rice, Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton have their appearance or possibility of plastic surgery scrutinized rather than their actual political ideals.

The documentary showed many media clips, but two in particularly stand out as clear examples to what the film as a whole is speaking to.  In including the Dove Evolution advertisement Miss Representation was showing how women are manipulated to look perfect in the media.  The ad, which you can watch here, shows how billboards and other advertisements take normal attractive women and manipulate their image, either digitally or with lighting and makeup, to create an idea of beauty that is impossible to live up to.  The other clip, by comedic dream team Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, shows how the media treats women who are aspiring politicians.  The clip is the 2008 SNL season primer open and can be seen  here.

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