catapult magazine

catapult magazine

vol. 9, num. 6 :: 2010.03.19 — 2010.04.01

It carries the release of confession, finding out someone enjoys the same guilty pleasures you do, whether a reality show, a pop princess or the latest sugary sweet film treat. What is it about popular art that grabs the attention of even the most discerning intellectual palette?



Verdict and revelation will always be popular

A tour of timeless themes that pop up in the most unpredictable places.


Popularity contest

Examining the notion of popular culture in a segregated society.


i can has internetz

On putting pop culture back into the hands of the populace.

How can you have any pudding if you don't eat your meat?

On the results of a steady diet from the industrial entertainment system.

Pop tarts and pop arts

Can food, music and paintings all come in the same zany flavors?

Arguing taxes and Trekkies

On the higher purpose of pop culture debate.

The end

Welcome to the longest reality show ever.


Recovering an ancient vision for popular culture

A review of Journey to the Common Good by Walter Brueggemann.

High fidelity

On reading the Bible with Johnny Cash during Lent.


In case you missed it the first time

The man ain't got no culture

What happens when "the world" enters your sub-culture?

Dumbing down discernment?

Two philosophy colleagues debate the value of high and low culture for the Christian student.

Weaving the web

What I Learned from Television

Stories about what TV can teach us…and how TV lies to us.


Pop Damage

A collection of reviews that aims “to find that which salves our wounds in popular culture wherever we can and share that salve with you, the reader, whenever possible.”



Rather than standing back and seeing what we have to say about a film, song, music video or album, it is our hope to step further into the media and experience what it has to say about our lives, this world and the reality behind it all.


daily asterisk

Even in a country you know by heart
its hard to go the same way twice
the life of the going changes.
The chances change and make a new way.
Any tree or stone or bird
can be the bud of a new direction. The
natural correction is to make intent
of accident. To get back before dark
is the art of going.

Wendell Berry
“Traveling at Home” from Traveling at Home

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