Friday, December 15, 2006

We Adjust to Our New Clientele: When Life Gives You Lemons....

Here's something interesting. A story in CJR daily on the presentation of Jesus on magazine covers. This is the time of year for that sort of thing. Here's the link to the whole article, but here are a couple grafs with good links to Time Magazine's trove:

From the dawn of the dot-com days, the December 16, 1996 cover: "Jesus Online: How the Internet is shaping our views of faith and religion," a story sprinkled with now-quaint references to the "World Wide Web," online "bulletin boards" and "AltaVista," a "powerful Internet search engine." The reporter wrote, excitedly: "Look for Christ on the Web and you'll find him -- some 146,000 times." (Compare that to the more than seven million hits you get when you Google Christ today).

From an era when many men looked like Jesus, the June 21, 1971 cover, featuring a psychedelic, lavender-faced cartoon Jesus and a report on "The Jesus Revolution" ("Jesus is alive and well and living in the radical spiritual fervor of a growing number of young Americans who have proclaimed an extraordinary religious revolution in his name....It is a startling development for a generation that has been constantly accused of tripping out or copping out with sex, drugs and violence...")

Interesting, but I think Borat would be a closer approximation.

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