Are YouTubers talking Religion?
Music / YouTube

Are YouTubers talking Religion?

Traditional media does not have a fantastic track record of significant, nuanced portrayals of religious belief and practice.  Stereotypes abound in the studio-model of creating blockbuster entertainment media.  As online video semi-democratizes content creation, though, is there a new opportunity?  Might YouTube be a rich site for religious reference?  Maybe… The best and brightest hope … Continue reading

Soulful Idols: Religious Affirmation on American Idol
Music / Television

Soulful Idols: Religious Affirmation on American Idol

Though at times they’ve looked for laughs when contestants have claimed to hear the “voice of God,” FOX’s American Idol openly embraced the Spirit as it wrapped its season 12 time in Vegas and moved back to LA.  Demonstrating the power of song to move an audience and the potential for television to transcend itself, the success … Continue reading

No God at the #Grammys?: Religious Music and the Prime Time Recording Academy
Music / Television

No God at the #Grammys?: Religious Music and the Prime Time Recording Academy

Religious music is a huge industry.  It has global fan bases that react viscerally to its messages and tunes, bringing in over a half-billion dollars a year in record sales alone.  Yet it was not a part of Sunday’s three-and-a-half hour prime time Grammy Award presentation.  Peculiar. TV’s “biggest night in music” hosted by CBS … Continue reading