Competing Spectacles: Treasuring Christ in the Media Age
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“Thirty years after Neil Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death, this book takes the impact-analysis of modern media to a new level.”
―John Piper, Founder and Teacher, desiringGod.org
What images should I feed my eyes?
We often leave this question unanswered― because we don’t ask it. Maybe we don’t want to ask it. But viral videos, digital images, and other spectacles surround us in every direction―competing for our time, our attention, our lust, and our money. So we let our lazy eyes feed on whatever comes our way. As a result, we never stop to consider the consequences of our visual diet on our habits, desires, and longings.
Journalist Tony Reinke asked these hard questions himself―critiquing his own habits―and now invites us along to see what he discovered as he investigated the possibilities and the pitfalls of our image-centered world. In the end, he shares the beauty of a Greater Spectacle―capable of centering our souls, filling our hearts, and stabilizing our gaze in this age of the digital spectacle.
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PART 1: THE AGE OF THE SPECTACLE
- Life inside the Digital Environment
- Spectacles Defined
- Distracted Spectacle Seekers
- Image Is Everything
- The Spectacle of the Self in Social Media
- The Spectacle of the Self in Gaming
- Spectacles of Tele-Vision
- Spectacles of Merchandise
- Politics as Spectacle
- Terror as Spectacle
- Ancient Spectacles
- Every Nine Seconds
- The Spectacle of the Body
- The Church in the Attention Market
PART 2: THE SPECTACLE
- Spectackils in Tension
- Prynne’s Footnote
- The World’s Greatest Spectacle
- Is the Cross a Spectacle?
- Two Competing Theaters
- Spectators of Glory
- The Church as Spectacle
- The Church as Spectacle Maker?
- A Day inside the Spectacle
- Our Unique Spectacle Tensions
- One Resolve, One Request
- The Spectator before His Carving
- A Movie So Good It Will Ruin You—Would You Watch It?
- Resistible Spectacles
- Summations and Applications
- My Supreme Concern
- A Beauty That Beautifies
- The Visio Beatifica
- Dis-Illusioned but Not Deprived