Journey of a Pop Culture Prodigal

If you’re here, you’re probably somewhat familiar with pop culture. Odds are good that you’ve also heard the story of the Prodigal Son. You may have even wondered what that story might look like if revamped by pop culture. Jeff Bridges would be the Father, of course, and Chris Hemsworth would do quite nicely as the Prodigal Son. Perhaps Sean Astin could even play the role of the Older Brother…

I’m getting off track. In today’s vodcast, we’re talking about a different kind of pop culture prodigal. The kind that lives in the same world as you and I. In fact, this pop culture prodigal is actually I… I mean, me.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years (though I’ve actually learned more than one), it’s that media discernment isn’t always as simple as it seems … and that it involves a lot more than I used to think it did. If there’s a second thing I learned (and I’ve definitely learned more than two), it’s that the value of continually learning and implementing sound media discernment is greater than I ever realized.

If you’re navigating the waters of media discernment—for yourself or for your family—I’d recommend checking out this great six-part series that Paul wrote a little while back that walks through many of the nuances of media discernment and how it applies to both reviewing movies and our everyday interaction with pop culture. Also, if you or anyone you know is in need of resources for overcoming a struggle with or addiction to pornography, some great information and resources can be found here.

Who wrote this?

Jake Roberson is Plugged In’s social media manager and strategist. He’s the father of four children and husband of one wife, and he quite likes life that way. He also likes writing about entertainment, pop culture, dadhood … and food. He’s also a former Guinness World Record holder for participating in the largest hacky sack circle. Catch up with him on Twitter @jake_roberson

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