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Aenimal
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0 posted 07-27-2004 04:04 PM       View Profile for Aenimal   Email Aenimal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Aenimal

I recently read a story on a Christian group in the US modernizing it's bibles to lure teenagers back to religion. High gloss, modern text, it includes pictures and side articles to make it look like the popular teen magazines on the market.

So i was thinking maybe the Roman Catholic church should take the same approach. Maybe have the pope make an appearance on MTV's Rides or Funk MasterFlex's show and get the popemobile tricked up. Lower that sucker and pop on some chrome..sweeeet.

Ok i'm going to take a seriously needed nap or be shipped to hell

[This message has been edited by Aenimal (07-27-2004 09:20 PM).]

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1 posted 07-27-2004 08:26 PM       View Profile for muted   Email muted   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for muted

LMAO!!

so it would go from "Pimp my ride" to "Pope my ride"?? LOL
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2 posted 07-27-2004 09:25 PM       View Profile for Aenimal   Email Aenimal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Aenimal

Why not who says the pope can't be hip, cruising around in a papal purple ride pumpin hymns on his new Kenwood system. all the kiddies be saying 'Dat Pope is dope boiii.' ok i'm done. Seriously does anybody smell something burning?
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Or maybe not.
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Hehehehehe -- too funny.  What a world, what a world.  Can you imagine what can be lost in the translation?  Next they'll be rappin' out Psalms.  Okay, don't go there --

  Susan

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rofl....Raph that is too funny....it's good that they are trying to get teens more interested in God. It's important. Doing it in a way that isn't so intimidating is great.   And the pope getting his ride pimped...love it....next he could go on queer eye for the straight guy and get a new look   now who's burning?!  
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6 posted 07-27-2004 10:22 PM       View Profile for Dopey Dope   Email Dopey Dope   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dopey Dope

Pimp my pope?

I left my wallet in El Segundo...
And I gotta get it
I got got to get it!

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7 posted 07-28-2004 01:32 AM       View Profile for Aenimal   Email Aenimal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Aenimal

mmmmmmm bbq
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Or maybe not.
Seems that "appeal" to the younger crowd has gotten them into a bit of trouble lately, no?
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LMAO

why, yes..I think you are right.

lol...

*sigh*

what a world....

"cast me gently into the morning, for the night has been unkind"
~Sarah McLachlan~

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Kraw behind the humour, well i found it funny, that's the point. Aren't those words supposedly sacred texts? Glossing them up and adding side articles like makeup or dating tips is ridiculous.
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it's the dry ironic sort of funny...right? LMAO
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okay, here's my perhaps boring response/opinion.  Trying to show that Christianity is relevent to young people, that would be why they made it.  

An opinion, if a kid doesn't want to read a dusty fat book, then make a glossy thin book; if they read it maybe they'll discover something they appreciate and find relevant.  If not, that would be their choice.
     
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quote:
An opinion, if a kid doesn't want to read a dusty fat book, then make a glossy thin book; if they read it maybe they'll discover something they appreciate and find relevant.  If not, that would be their choice


I understand what you're saying, it's the message that's important. But if you've lost people's interest and have to resort to gimmicks to pull people back then maybe something's wrong....(better suited to the Philosophy section) I'll put it this way, it's advertising and advertising is manipulation. Quite frankly advertising, for me, is right up there in the scheme of evil things along with your Nazism, Abusers and Ben Affleck movies.

Shrugs. Really it doesn't matter to me as i'm agnostic but, in a world where it seems that nothing is sacred anymore, this kinda drives it home. Even the sacred isn't sacred.
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quote:
I'll put it this way, it's advertising and advertising is manipulation.

I don't see it quite that way. When I write a story or poem, I do so for a specific audience. Does that make it advertising? Not to my mind. Is it manipulation? You bet it is. ALL writing is manipulation.

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Even the sacred isn't sacred.

Don't confuse sacred with sacrosanct, Raph.

Remember Tales from the Crypt or Weird Fantasy from William Gaines and E.C. Comics in the Fifties? Before that, it was his father, M.C. Gaines, who's company was called Education Comics and published the first Biblical comic books. The Gospels weren't any less sacred as comics, just more accessible. And a whole lot more fun.
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But the history of it is replete with gimmicks and controls.
- "holding" all the books
- selling "credits"
- controlling the land base and wealth
Many ways to keep them coming back through the doors for one thing or another.  When has there not been manipulation?
Religion has survived by evolving, much like successful languages, absorbing the past and the new and making it look like it was always thus.
Who is to say it won't "modernize" itself again?

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quote:
I don't see it quite that way. When I write a story or poem, I do so for a specific audience. Does that make it advertising? Not to my mind. Is it manipulation? You bet it is. ALL writing is manipulation.


Ron, I see what you're saying, but do you alter your style of writing for the sole purpose of gaining an audience? Writing for an audience and changing your style simply to gain an audience are different things. In the end of course, I believe all religion/dogma is manipulation so a manipulation of the manipulation just set me off.  

* l@ved EC Comics

Krawdad, I agree completely and would have gone further into it but stopped at "....(better suited to the Philosophy section)" before I became long winded. grins. I'd argue, however, that it's not religion but simply the means of luring an audience that has evolved. If the message has faded perhaps there's need of a newer or refined message rather than new gimmicks. But of course that's in the Big Chief's hands.
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Someone once told me that the King James version of the bible was the only one they would read because it was the only "real" bible .... ummmm guess they didn't see the word version on the cover?
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Oooooooo, looks like this is turning into a philosophy thread.

I liked your dry humor, even though I am a "believer."  Reminded me of when Cash D. Amburgy from Sooouuuuth Lebanon, Ohio's Cash's Bargain Barn, started a church.  I was never really sure what church it was.  This was back in the 50's when all we knew was black and white television.  His commercial was probably the first local ad I ever saw.  Well, he advertised his bargain barn that way.  With his church, however, he chose to put a gigantic neon cross on the steeple.  We were appalled to say the least.  I guess I don't feel that way anymore....he was just trying to sell the other things he believed in I guess.
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JC for me there are too many versions and interpretations of the original stories were handed down.

True illana, I just think that some things should be treated with a little more tact and respect. Although the Pope driving around in a shiny purple and chrome popemobile to the tune of Lowrider would be slammin.
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Marshall McLuhan:
"The Medium is the Message"

Am I the only one who remembers this?
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I had that drilled into my head through 4 years of media courses, doesn't mean I agree with it. grins
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Speaking of the media and the message, try a little Norman Mailer.
Here's a link to an interesting interview.

http://www.poynter.org/column.asp?id=57&aid=60488

There is this:

"I always say that America is the real religion of this country."

and this:

"As I once had a character say in a novel, you can't stop a man who's never been embarrassed by himself. And that's George W. Bush."
_Norman Mailer
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Raph,

I must agree that the sacred should be treated as such, with reverence and respect.  And my joke about the translation, that's serious.  Already, much has been changed due to translation.  And books have been left out.  It is a search that must be made within the self, a communication between soul and God.  To jazz it up so more will come means that one feels the message won't stand on its own as is.  If that's true, then what's the point?  It would be like taking a Rembrandt -- say the night watch -- and thinking, man, those clothse just don't work nowadays, let's give them some pants hanging down to their knees and bandanas instead of hats.  Then maybe the kids nowadays will appreciate it as art.  

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