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  • Media and Worldviews Kerby Anderson Probe Ministries
  • Media Influence
    • The sources of significant influence in American society are:
    Movies Television The Internet Books Music Public policy and law Family The church is not even in the top twelve sources of influence!
  • The Media Storm
    • Television (22,000 hours)
    • Music (11,000 hours)
    • Internet (13,000 hours)
    • Movies, videos, DVDs
    • Books, magazines, newspapers
  • Media Input: Television
    • 22,000 hours of television
    • 16,000 TV homicides
    • 200,000 acts of violence
    • 640,000 TV commercials
    By HS graduation a typical student will have seen :
  • Biblical Standard
    • Flee from youthful lusts. 2 Timothy 2:22
      • Pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace. 2 Timothy 2:22
  • Biblical Standard
      • But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Colossians 3:8
  • Biblical Standard
      • Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. Philippians 4:8
  • Biblical Standard
      • Let us behave decently as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. Romans 13:13
  • An important word Discernment
  • Three simple steps
    • Stop! Stop what you’re doing long enough to concentrate.
    • Listen! Give attention to what is entering your mind.
    • Look! Look at the consequences of entertainment in your life.
  • Impact of Media
    • The media present an unreal view of our world.
    • The media present an oversimplified view of life.
    • The media desensitizes its viewers.
  • Impact of Television
    • George Gerbner & Larry Gross – Annenberg School of Communication
    • “ The Scary World of the Heavy TV Viewer”
  • Heavy TV Viewers Tended to Overestimate:
    • Their likelihood of being involved in a violent crime.
    • Percentage of people in white collar occupations.
    • Percentage of Americans compared to rest of world.
  • Television and Behavior
    • Study of adolescents showed that watching sex on TV influences teens to have sex ( Pediatrics , 2004).
    • Over 1000 studies point to a causal connection between media and aggressive behavior in some children ( Pediatrics , 2000).
  • What does the content say?
    • All entertainment is making a statement.
    • Entertainment can affect us if we are not alert.
    • We are in a battle for our minds.
  • Worldview of News Media
    • Liberal - 80% always voted for Democratic candidate.
    • Secular - 86% seldom or never attended religious services, 50% had no religious affiliation.
    • Humanistic : - 90% support a woman’s right to choose.
  • Worldview of News Media
    • All the news outlets (except for Fox News’ Special Report and the Washington Times) were more liberal than the average American.
    • Journalists as a group are more liberal than any congressional district in the country (Ninth California district, Eighth Massachusetts district).
  • Worldview of Television
    • Most had religious upbringing.
    • Liberal - 80% always voted for Democratic candidate.
    • Secular - 93% seldom or never attended religious services, 45% had no religious affiliation.
  • Naturalism Carl Sagan “ The cosmos is all there is, ever was, and ever will be.”
  • Hedonism Pleasure is the ultimate good.
  • Syncretism All religions are basically the same.
  • Pragmatism Whatever works is good.
  • Existentialism Jean Paul Sartre Existence precedes essence/there is no meaning.
  • Postmodernism There is no truth . Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Common Objections
    • That’s reality!
    • I’m just killing time!
    • It won’t affect me!
    • No one will know!
    • It’s just entertainment!
  • Probe Resources
  • Mind Games
    • To encourage the development of a Christian worldview.
    • More than 15,000 participants since its inception in 1992
  • Radio
    • Probe radio is heard on approximately 500 radio stations daily. www.probe.org
    • Host of Point of View on the USA Radio Network www.pointofview.net
  • www.probe.org
    • Over 2000 articles, commentaries, and e-mail answers.
    • Over 30 PowerPoint presentations.
    • Over 200,000 visitors from 114 countries each month.
    • Probe Alert