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I Love Mass Media Culture


Havilah Steinman - Humane Pursuits - published on 01/27/14

Why I think a love for a place can include Los Angeles, and a love for culture can and should include the Kardashians and company.

I moved to Washington, DC last Friday! After three glorious weeks at home. It was amazing hanging out with my friends and family. And puppy. I missed Shiloh a lot. We spent tons of time at the beach and went to Disneyland. My mom came with us for our annual excursion out there! Daddy opted not to go because the Happiest Place on Earth somehow makes him depressed. I’ve learned not to argue with him about such things.

My really close friend graduated from Biola a semester early, and I bawled through the ceremony. A young pastor who founded the Dream Center in LA was the keynote speaker. I’ve always felt so connected to Los Angeles. I honestly think that city might be the land of my anointing. You know, like King David and stuff? I’ve recently felt called to minister out there, in whatever profession I end up doing. It had a lot to do with that video that came out a few months ago, City of Angels by Thirty Seconds to Mars.

It speaks to a strong craving to be noticed. To be remembered. It’s a raw energy that drives my generation forward. People who live in LA, who’ve made it, or who are still shopping their talent, they’re living in the epicenter of where fame happens in the United States. Where you can be someone. Hollywood, LA County? That’s where culture is shaped. Disneyland? That’s how people categorize their childhoods. Everyone knows Mickey Mouse. Every little girl dreams of being Cinderella.A term I learned recently is mass culture. Everyone kept telling me I represented mass culture. The stuff that everyone knows about. They say that things like Starbucks, Disney, and Keeping Up With Kardashians are somehow inherently bad because everyone internalizes and forms an opinion about it.But isn’t that how you change the world? Make sure everyone, or at least the right people, know about it?

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