Monday, March 03, 2008

We still mistake NBC for God

From Postman's essential 1985 “Amusing Ourselves to Death”:

“..the danger is not that religion has become the content of television shows, but that television shows may become the content of religion(124)

"Not long ago, I saw Billy Graham join with Shecky Green, Red Buttons, Dione Warwick, Milton Berle and other theologians in a tribute to George Burns, who was celebrating himself for surviving eighty years in the business. The Reverend Graham exchanged one-liners with Burns about making preparation for Eternity. Although the Bible makes no mention of it, the Reverend Graham assured the audience that God loves those who make people laugh. It was an honest mistake. He merely mistook NBC for God" (p. 55)

No comments:

Post a Comment

Hey, thanks for engaging the conversation!