Art

Kitsch Caught on YouTube

by John Mark Reynolds on August 19, 2011

Does Paul Spears irrationally hate decorative plates? Does John Mark Reynolds irrationally love them? Is kitsch more than just tacky? Can value be found in bad culture? In a time when even the most candid moments can end up on YouTube, can professors afford to be silly around their students?

Join the aforementioned professors and Matt Jenson, all of the Torrey Honors Institute, as they delve into these and more questions. Such fine distinctions as “campy” vs. “kitschy” are discussed, and the Middlebrow podcast begins to sound suspiciously highbrow. Grab your monocle, put on your patent leather shoes, and break out the fancy cheese with these connoisseurs of culture!

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In a culture inundated with iTunes, media players, and songs-on-demand, have we lost sight of music’s intended purpose? What is its real use? What should take precedence in determining our musical choices–the melody or the lyrics? Should Christians feel remorse over some of the songs that they enjoy?

Join John Mark Reynolds, Paul Spears, and Matt Jenson of the Torrey Honors Institute as they enter into a discussion about the role of music in Christianity and culture. Get a taste of “The Music of the Spears, Reynolds, and Jenson” as it relates to goodness, truth, and beauty.

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