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Person and Community in the Culture of Entertainment

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Entertainment is so pervasive and influential in contemporary society that it is fair to say we live in an entertainment culture. What are the political, ethical, and spiritual implications of such a cultural environment? Building on the analysis offered in the author’s recent book Caught in Play: How Entertainment Works on You (Stromberg, 2009), this essay argues that entertainment is not susceptible to global moral evaluation, it is not “good” or “bad.” Rather, entertainment is a cultural system through which commitment to certain values is generated. This process, and these values, need to be brought into the light of day and assessed in open and critical discussion.

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Stromberg, P.G. Person and Community in the Culture of Entertainment. Pastoral Psychol 60, 737–744 (2011). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11089-010-0321-8

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Keywords

  • Culture of entertainment
  • Values
  • Consumption
  • Secularization