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The Ambiguities of  “Rising Up,” and the Blending of Football, Religion, and Political Mythmaking

The Ambiguities of “Rising Up,” and the Blending of Football, Religion, and Political Mythmaking

By Kenny Smith….
Thus for Falcon’s players “rising up” points to the team’s continued success on the grid-iron. As linebacker Curtis Lofton attests, “We have something special going on here right now… Everyone knows it. We feel like we’re about to rise up to the occasion and hopefully make it to the Super Bowl.’’(2)
But what else might “Rise Up!” signify, especially when we factor in the various contexts in which it is embedded? The TV commercial offers some initial clues. Jackson appears in the role of a Southern preacher, leading a nicely racially integrated church choir. “Can you feel it?,” he asks.

The World Ended: Didn't You Get the Memo?: AMC’s The Walking Dead and the Allegorical Zombie, Part I

The World Ended: Didn’t You Get the Memo?: AMC’s The Walking Dead and the Allegorical Zombie, Part I

By Kate Daley-Bailey….
To my pleasant surprise, the series appears to be driven by character development, and, while still maintaining a decent amount of gore, highlights many social and moral concerns. While not explicitly stated, the series continues to investigate key issues which dominate the Postmodern American cultural consciousness such as: rapid globalization and economic anxiety, cultural and religious pluralism, moral relativism, the brutal reality of physical decay and mortality, and the ethics of war.

The Burning Bush They’ll Buy, but Not ESP or Alien Abduction

The Burning Bush They’ll Buy, but Not ESP or Alien Abduction

By Mark Oppenheimer, New York Times
Practically anything goes at the American Academy of Religion’s annual conference, where scholars of dozens of religions convene annually to debate, relate and on occasion mate. Conversation ranges from the Talmud to tantra, from Platonism to Satanism. This year, from Oct. 30 to Nov. 1 in Atlanta, nearly 5,000 people attended panels including “Seeking New Meanings of God and Dao” and “Madness, Smallpox, and Death in Tibet.”