Author: Julianna Shults

Snark, Crackle, Pop Culture: Keeping Up with Culture

I am a student of pop culture, both for the purpose of this blog and because I personally find it fascinating. One of the things I often hear from people who read this blog is that they don’t have the time to follow teen pop culture. When things become busy in your ministry, paying attention to what’s going on in the popular culture of our teens can be one of the first things put by the wayside. I can only imagine how difficult it is for those who are volunteers in youth ministry, regardless of how passionate they are,...

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Snark, Crackle, Pop Culture: Don’t Let the TV Stop You!

Recently the Kaiser Family Foundation published one of the biggest national surveys about media use (TV, movies, computers, video games, music, and books) in children and teens. The study found that youth take in an average of seven hours and 38 minutes of media a day. “The amount of time young people spend with media has grown to where it’s even more than a full-time work week,” says Drew Altman, president and CEO of the Kaiser Family Foundation. “When children are spending this much time doing anything, we need to understand how it’s affecting them–for good and bad.” This...

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