November 21, 2020
The term "Big Tech" is something you may or may not be familiar with. It's a reference to the major media distributors; the umbrella of companies that have produced and distributed mass amounts of information. They are a wonderful tool for the dissemination of info. But what happens when they begin to 'clamp down' on voices? More specifically, when they put a stop to those they disagree with - the ones who just so happen to be content creators and consumers themselves.
Is 'Big Tech' something to be reviled? Or something we just don't understand as of yet? I happen to believe that worldview has a lot do say about this, which will be the crux of this episode.
November 8, 2020
Some thoughts and observations on this crazy election day / week / month, God-forbid, year. All that being said, it seems we're in it for the long haul. Did you expect anything less from 2020?!
August 23, 2020
COVID-19 has run amok on the world. And in its wake, it's made already-dicey situations even more contentious. International relations. Discussions on leadership capability. And the topic of who to hold accountable for the outbreak. There are a few fringe theories outside of the commonly accepted narrative. Yet, now that we have to deal with the virus, what is the most appropriate response at this time? That's the topic of today's episode of the #NarrativeWars.
August 12, 2020
America's Presidency is a hot topic every four years. Who sits in the Oval Office may be a dream of a few, but it is sought after and revered by many. As such, just whom occupies the presidency ends up coming with a lot of expectations. But are the expectations of the highest level of American government really supposed to hold sway with our personal happiness? Are we actually meant to rely on the President for moral imperative?
Today's episode is a fun one because it's all about the president of the United States and whether or not it's good for us to pin our personal hopes and dreams on a public servant.
July 21, 2020
To have and to hold. In sickness and in health. Till death do us part.
Marriage is supposed to be God's holiest of institutions for human beings. And it's something the Church ought to be in agreement on. Yet that has scarcely been the case. Especially in the wake of America's court case, Obergefell vs. Hodges.
Today's episode looks at the narratives surrounding marriage and why the American Church can't seem to be in agreement on what this ancient institution is meant to look like.
July 17, 2020
There is much talk today about inequality. Yet there is also much talk about the offensiveness of sports teams. Not because they are good, bad or indifferent, but because of their mascots. The string of protests across America has reinvigorated an ongoing conversation about whether or not sports team - professionally, collegiate and even high school - should alter their logos and mascots.
Today's episode explores this nationwide conversation and some of the arguments for and against the removal of mascots from sports teams.
June 23, 2020
You're sitting in a group. You're having a relatively casual conversation about something. Then someone says, "You know what? I think so-and-so is the greatest ever. The GOAT!" An argument ensues, or as I prefer to say, some heated fellowship.
The topic of the GOAT remains a popular one across America. What does it take to the "greatest of all time"? Who can hold such a distinction within his or her respective sport, industry, or profession? Today's episode dives into the narratives surrounding this ancient argument. And perhaps some ways we can be better at defending our position when the topic comes up.
June 19, 2020
The tragic death of George Floyd has reignited conversations about race relations in America. More specifically, it has charged us with evaluating just what is the proper response when we see something wrong. America has several collective consciousnesses. And each acts out according to its worldview. But is there a way we ought to processing these things in the Age of Information? Since we are bombarded with so much everyday, it can be easy to get emotionally riled up.
This episode will discuss some recent examples of injustices we've witnessed and how people have responded to them in this post-COVID lockdown environment.
This episode admittedly bounced around a bit, but landed in the place I was most interested in getting to: which is what we ought to be looking for the most when we see injustice strike and we are only receiving a portion of the story.
May 30, 2020
Shortly after America was birthed, a question came out of a Connecticut church concerning their religious liberty. Troubled that the state might tell them to stop meeting, Thomas Jefferson famously penned a response to the young church, informing them that the freedom to speak and assemble also included the right to assemble as a religious group. From there, the idea of "separation of church and state" was born.
And with it, a host of narratives have emerged around the topic. What does it mean? What was the reasoning behind it? Is it even in the Constitution? This week's Narrative Wars deals with the old saying, "Separation of Church and State" and how it affects us here in America.
Resources mentioned: https://www.breakpoint.org/does-the-separation-of-church-and-state-protect-us-from-religious-ideas/
May 14, 2020
It's been said that every conspiracy has a little bit of truth in it. If that's true, then that would warrant some investigation, wouldn't it? It would require someone to look deeply into these narratives and see if they hold water.
As such, we now have an entire generation that seems heavily invested in fringe thinking and challenging mainstream, acceptable thought. But is this a good thing? Is it wrong to follow all of the bread crumbs? And who tends to get more invested in "conspiracy theories" as it is?
That and more in this week's episode of #TheNarrativeWars.