In this edition of DR Radio, we look at the issues surrounding 13 Reasons Why, the depressing forecast for mainliners in the US, The New York Times, and *that* Heineken beer ad.
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Show Notes, May 2, 2017
Welcome everyone to the May 2nd edition of Dead Reckoning Radio! I am your host, Jay Friesen joined around the table by Hadley Heath Manning and Dr. Brian G. Mattson. DR Radio is where we discuss the latest in cultural topics from a distinctly Christian worldview.
We have 23 5-star ratings on iTunes you guys. Here’s why. Because we’re talking today primarily about Heresy and BEER. Yep, The New York Times and a Heineken ad. I know, some of are you like, dood, you have that beard! You should KNOW that Heineken isn’t real beer. Whatever. It’ll be good discussion. We’re also, OF COURSE, playing two games of wit and whimsy coming out of our sponsor breaks.
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- 13 Reasons Why - Netflix has a new original series garnering a lot of attention because it covers the topic of teen suicide. Some are concerned that by glorifying suicide it will encourage others who need real help. Is there a problem with dramatizing suicide? Is it possible to handle the topic without inciting vulnerable people?
- Dead End For the Mainline? Speaking of suicide, a recent article in the Washington Post suggests that mainline Protestantism has a mere 23 more Easters before it goes extinct! That is, if they don’t do something to stop the sharply declining trend line. So, guys: why are mainline denominations crumbling?
- Plantinga Wins the Templeton Prize - Christian Philosopher Alvin Plantinga (“Planting-uh”) has been awarded the prestigious Templeton Prize for his decades of work in the philosophy of reason and belief. Many would argue that Plantinga almost single-handedly put God back into the academy with his brilliant arguments that religious believers have adequate reasons for their beliefs. He’s got a reward in heaven, of course, but that $1 Million dollar check is nice, too.
- President Trump Woulda Prevented Civil War! [Play Clip] - I’m not sure what we can accomplish in this quick take, but it is so #headdesk it should be noted. The President of the United States thinks that Andrew Jackson was angered by the Civil War-which occurred 15 years after his death. And, moreover, he thinks nobody ever asks why the Civil War couldn’t be worked out. So, let’s stick with this question: Does it really matter if a President knows absolutely nothing?
- No Shutdown! - Congress managed to pass a spending bill to avoid a government shutdown. Among the highlights? New defense spending; not a dime for a “border wall,” and Planned Parenthood maintains its seemingly permanent space at the trough. What do we think?
Segment One: The New York Times Flirts With Heresy
If the fine folks at The New York Times didn’t know they live in an intellectual bubble, they don’t have any excuse now! They recently hired Opinion Journalist Bret Stephens away from the Wall Street Journal to provide some perspective from a more conservative viewpoint.
Their readers are having none of it. After Stephens’s first column, which tackled the problem of climate change “orthodoxy,” the pitchforks came out and outraged readers are canceling their subscriptions at an alarming rate. The message is clear: this is the New York Times, and we expect ONE perspective on everything!
So let’s talk about a few things:
- Were you guys surprised they hired Stephens in the first place? Why did they?
- Isn’t it ironic that the first reaction of readers was to prove Stephens’s point in his first column?
- Can anything be done about the increasing “tribalism” of the media landscape or is this simply the new reality? All the economic incentives are for the Times to simply give readers what they want rather than what they need. What can be done?
Note: what they did do was publish a column on Sunday praising communism. So, there’s that.
[Sponsor] ADF: Prayer 2:30
[Game] Nerd v. Nerd
chicken sleeping - When you fall asleep in an upright position with your head dangling, most commonly in a car or airplane. The motion makes your head bob up and down like a chicken pecking.
ghost beer - When you inadvertently reach for a beer that does not exist.
Segment Two: Heineken Wants Us All To Get Along
A new Heineken beer ad was trending all last week. It features a pretty fun experiment where two total strangers are paired up to perform tasks. Unbeknownst to them, they are diametrically opposed on political and cultural issues. They build some furniture, answer some questions on how to describe themselves, and generally get acquainted. After they’re done building what turns out to be a bar, and placing two Heinekens on it, they are shown videos of themselves revealing the truth that they should basically hate each other. They are then invited to either leave or sit down and have a beer to talk about it.
So, guys: It’s a pretty brilliant ad, but what do we make of the substance?
[Sponsor] ADF International 2:22
[Game] Presidential Botticelli
Botticelli - Presidential Botticelli. In order to help Hadley prepare for her future presidential run, we’ll be playing presidential Botticelli to test her chops and the chops of our listeners, one of whom might be President Trump. So if you’re listening, President Trump, here’s a game to help up your game.
Segment Three: Dead Reckoning Recommends (Hadley)
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