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Dancing in the Dark: Youth, Popular Culture, and the Electronic Media Paperback – November 19, 1990
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About the Author
Lambert Zuidervaart is Professor of Philosophy at the Institute for Christian Studies, where he holds the Herman Dooyeweerd Chair in Social and Political Philosophy, and an Associate member of the Graduate Faculty in Philosophy at the University of Toronto. He is the former President of the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His most recent books with Cambridge University Press - Artistic Truth: Aesthetics, Discourse, and Imaginative Disclosure and Social Philosophy after Adorno - received Symposium Book Awards from the Canadian Society for Continental Philosophy in 2006 and 2008, respectively. His book Adorno's Aesthetic Theory (1991) was the first major study in English on Adorno's aesthetics.
Worst is a teacher of music as well as a composer, collector, and critic of music. As Professor of Music at Calvin College, he has developed innovative approaches to the study of traditional and contemporary American music, from jazz to rock. Worst contributes musical reviews and essays to periodicals, and also collects African music and instruments.
Quentin J. Schultze (PhD, University of Illinois) is professor emeritus of communication at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and CEO of Edenridge Communications. Schultze has been quoted in major media including the "Wall Street Journal", "Newsweek", "US News & World Report", the "New York Times", "Fortune", the "Chicago Tribune", and "USA Today". He has been interviewed by CNN, CBS, NBC, ABC, and NPR and is the author of many books, including "An Essential Guide to Public Speaking". He blogs at www.quentinschultze.com.
William D. Romanowski is professor of Communication Arts and Sciences at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His previous works include Reforming Hollywood and Eyes Wide Open.
James D. Bratt is professor of history at Calvin College and the author of"Abraham Kuyper: Modern Calvinist, Christian Democrat"
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Top Customer Reviews
This book was written by five professors from Calvin College who teach in the following disciplines: communication arts and sciences, English, history, music, and philosophy. I picked it up after listening to a tape by Howard Hendricks from Dallas Theological Seminary, who gave it a fabulous recommendation. After reading it, I would have to do the same. This book gives it's own statement of purpose better than I would be able to - "In short, our thesis is that youth and the electronic media today are dependent upon each other. The media need the youth market, as it is called, for their own economic survival. Youth, in turn, need the media for guidance and nurture in a society where other social institutions, such as the family and the school, do not shape the youth culture as powerfully as they once did" (11,12). This book is now ten years old and it is outdated by some standards, but it's only ignorant in naming the newest forms of the influence it speaks so perceptively about.
The focus of this book is on the critical evaluation of the music industry, the music television industry (MTV), the film industry and the impact they have on the teen population. It's chapters plod much deeper into these issues than I'm able to do here without opening a can of worms, but their insight is invaluable. Being twenty-five years old, I learned as much about myself and the influence of the media on my own life as I did about the media itself.
This book suggests that we have today is a "generation gap" that has been created by the media. Youth have been isolated from the more traditional worlds of previous generations, their parents included.Read more ›
Initially, they remind us that "youth have been a 'problem' for hundreds, probably thousands, of years. Every adult reading this book was very likely part of a generation that criticized and was criticized by its elders" (p.3). In many ways, today's youth simply reveals, in distinctively adolescent ways, the broader American culture, which as a consumer society clearly believes happiness can be bought.
Having acknowledged this, having surveyed the various forces of "modernization" which have shaped youth culture throughout this nation's history, the authors then focus on the primary force in modern young peoples' lives: the electronic media. "Indeed, it is hard to underestimate the dramatic extent to which radio, television, cable, satellites, and the VCR have changed the ways that youth relate to each other and to other generations" (47). Attuned to the media, today's youths have a shared network which radically severs them from traditional social ties with family and church. Thus they find irrelevant those "traditional institutions" which revere "history, maturity, or wisdom" (58).
Consequently, what "maps of reality" youngsters obtain come from music and films rather than parents and teachers. With ever increasing amounts of money and leisure time, America's youth indulge in walkmans and concerts, TV and videocassettes and compact discs.Read more ›
It's time for Eerdmans to update and print a second edition of this book reflecting more recent trends.
This is must-reading for everyone involved in ministering to and educating adolescents.