Dancing in the Dark: Youth, Popular Culture, and the Electronic Media

Dancing in the Dark: Youth, Popular Culture, and the Electronic Media. Co-authored by Quentin J. Schultze, Roy M. Anker, James D. Bratt, William D. Romanowski, John William Worst, and Lambert Zuidervaart. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1991.

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“Believers of every faith will find Dancing in the Dark a source of revelation and provocation as they try to make sense of contemporary American culture. I daresay even skeptics will find light in its pages, and the beginning point for important conversations about how to create a more humane society.” —Bill Moyers

“This is an outstanding critical examination of the role of the electronic media in packaging popular culture for youthful consumption. By integrating insightful historical, sociological, artistic, and literary analysis, the authors of Dancing in the Dark avoid simplistic judgmental explanations. The relationship between youth and the electronic media is seen instead as a symbiotic one—the media need the youth market for their economic survival, while youth, who are in search for their own identity, need the guidance, nurture, and constructed reality which the media provide…. This book is must reading for youth workers, ministers, teachers, parents, or anyone who wants a better understanding of the effect of popular culture, contained in the electronic media, upon youth today.” —Jack Balswick, Fuller Theological Seminary