Podcast: Modern Society is Built on Fakery

Description: We examine the multitude of ways modern society has exalted that which is fake. From carefully curated social media posts with flattering pictures which tell a false tale of happiness to the vanity that is glorified through Hollywood productions, modern culture is an expert on producing and consuming that which isn’t real. And the worst part of it is that many whom are a part of the religion of fakery cannot diagnose why they are constantly despondent. In this episode we discover why this is so and the Biblical remedy to one of the worst ills of contemporary society.

Escaping Escapism

Studies demonstrate that Americans spend approximately 5 hours and 35 minutes watching television and 5 hours using their smartphones each day. When asked why they take up almost all of their waking hours starting at a screen, respondents claim that doing so grants them an “escape” from life.

If one was ignorant of the fact that the US is one of the most affluent, technologically advanced, convenience-minded societies on the face of the earth, this answer would give the impression that everyday living is harsh and dreary. I cannot be the only person to see the irony here. Or, is it possible that something darker is at play? Continue reading

Does Modern Entertainment Really Entertain?

“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3

Our culture is submerged in entertainment. We are expected to consume various diversions meant to make us forget about our dreary, mundane and ordinary lives. At least, that’s what those who produce “entertainment” sell it to us as and would make us believe is the case about our own existence.

Yet, this intentional ridiculing of normal, daily living wasn’t always the case.

Consider Noah Webster’s definition of the term:

“The receiving and accommodating of guests, either with or without reward…The amusement, pleasure or instruction, derived from conversation, discourse, argument, oratory, music, dramatic performances, etc.; the pleasure which the mind receives from anything interesting, and which holds or arrests the attention. We often have rich entertainment in the conversation of a learned friend.” Continue reading