Pop culture is our immanent reality. It is the culture. In today’s media-saturated world, pop culture has more direct social influence on a person’s life than anything else.Its very exuberance is the one experience that no one escapes. “I challenge anyone to tell me who won the Nobel Peace Prize the last five years. But someone like Kim Kardashian will be remembered,” says a Hollywood agent. Hannah Arendt foresaw this when she wrote in 1961 that the “market-driven media would lead to the displacement of culture by the dictates of entertainment.” Our values are cobbled together from the television shows, magazines, movies, and songs that dazzle and entertain us day after day. That’s a good thing and a bad thing.
New Threats to Freedom
Drawing together high profile contributors such as Christopher Hitchens, David Mamet, and twenty others, our book New Threats to Freedom tackles insidiously subtle cultural phenomena that are quietly eroding our freedoms. The companion website digs even deeper. There, visitors will find excerpts from the book, scholarship contests, new videos, fresh content and other news.
Templeton Science and Religion Book Series
In the Templeton Science and Religion Series, scientists from a wide range of fields distill their experience and knowledge into brief tours of their respective specialties. The series was launched in 2008 with the publication of Harold G. Koenig’s book, Medicine, Religion, and Health. Since that time, the series editors J. Wentzel van Huyssteen and Khalil Chamcham have expanded it to nine titles covering everything from paleontology, to neuroscience, to technology.