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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. (November 19, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802805302
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802805300
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,618,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I write, teach, and speak about communication. I've written about how to write books (I conduct book-writing workshops), compose interview-getting resumes (see my book RESUME 101), and write and deliver great speeches (see my book AN ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO PUBLIC SPEAKING). I speak to many groups. Connect at:

www.quentinschultze.com
www.resumes4collegestudents.com
@quentinschultze (Twitter)
http://www.linkedin.com/in/quentinschultze

Just let me know how I can serve you. I'm listening. Thanks for visiting.

Yours truly, Quentin Schultze

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rob Taylor on February 20, 2001
Format: Paperback
"To be able to fill leisure intelligently is the last product of civilization." - Bertrand Russell
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 This book is now ten years old and it is outdated by some standards, but it's only ignorant in naming the newest forms of the influence it speaks so perceptively about.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.
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By Gerard Reed on March 9, 2009
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One of the the finest books evaluating the impact of popular culture on American's youth is Dancing in the Dark: Youth, Popular Culture and the Electronic Media, ed. Roy M. Anker, (Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, c. 1991). Under the direction of Quentin J. Schultze, a team of scholars at Calvin College devoted a year to this study, and they present us a balanced, scholarly, valuable treatise.
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.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joseph W. Smith III on April 10, 2000
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These five profs from Calvin College address the complex web of youth culture and the electronic media from a Christian perspective laced with compassion, intelligence, and thought-provoking perception. They are not going to stand up -- like so many other evangelicals -- and lambaste youth culture for its excesses, bad taste, foul language, etc. (though they don't look kindly at these things, either); instead, they seek to see WHY such things appeal to youth, honing in particuarly on our culture's institutional SEPARATION of youth from adults. Very provocative and level-headed. Highly recommended for Biblical thinkers who want to grapple with what is going on in the heads of young rockers and video-philes.
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If there's ever a time when this book and its message need to get out to youth ministers, it's today, with the "emergence" of emerging churches.

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.
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