Christ and Pop Culture (persuasion)

If you’ve ventured out to your local office supply or big box store, you’ve seen a sort of glory that descends about this time every year. It’s found in the endless aisles of school supplies. This is where shoppers can find rainbows of gel pens and Post-It notes and notecards… reams of blank journals and notebooks… and countless styles of clips, magnets, pouches, and folders. It’s an endless realm of possibility. And, well, kids need them for school too.

In this ounce of Persuasion fast chat, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson gush over school supplies and how their annual appearance marks the most wonderful time of year for many who are no longer students. What is it about back to school shopping that non-students find so appealing? Why do we buy more blank journals when we already have a stash we’ve never used? Is there a gene that predisposes certain humans to go giddy over office supplies? Listen in, then continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook.

Episode 144 Resources & Links:

21 Euphoric Experiences For People Obsessed With Office SuppliesBuzzfeed

12 Very Necessary School Supplies for AdultsMarie Claire

25 Back-to-School Supplies for Adults Who Want to Feel Like a Kid AgainThe Muse

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Recent news articles say that although our social discourse may be loud, it is rarely effective in advancing understanding or reducing conflict. Unless you count the inner-turmoil we all have as a conversational thread spirals out of control.) For all our talking, there isn’t much listening going on, which means there’s even less true engagement with the serious issues of the day.

In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson invite Alan Noble to the conversation to sort out this sad phenomenon. Noble is a professor as well as editor in chief/co-founder of Christ and Pop Culture. His first book, Disruptive Witness: Speaking Truth in a Distracted Age, recently released with InterVarsity Press. The conversation addresses the common issues we all face in today’s hyper-connected, over-saturated world. Can we use online engagement for good? Is it possible to maintain a positive witness for Jesus in a secular society? How does the deluge of information make matters of importance more trivial? Listen in for dialogue on issues like these, continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook. Be sure to answer our question of day: Who has been a disruptive witness to you?

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Fifteen years ago, Pixar introduced us to The Incredibles—a family just like any other… except they also had superpowers. The 2004 animated film made this super-family relatable, with sibling squabbles, work frustrations, and miscommunication. And this year, the long-awaited sequel gave us another look inside this relatively normal family with abnormal skills.

In this ounce of Persuasion fast chat, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson chat about some of the key storylines from the two films. The conversation is practically spoiler-free, focusing more so on the way this story affirms and values the unique role of the individual while inspiring the individual to be part of the team. Listen in, then continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook.

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Last week the news outlets were all abuzz with the announcement of Justice Kennedy’s retirement from the Supreme Court. Speculation now abounds: who will be nominated for this prestigious appointment? The potential names are circulating and commentary is mounting about each potential nominee. One who hasn’t been considered yet is our very own Hannah Anderson, who would like nothing more than to don a black robe and give opinions for a living.

In this ounce of Persuasion fast chat, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discuss dream jobs that, like being appointed to the Supreme Court, have zero requirements. For Hannah, it’s being a justice; for Erin, it’s being a food critic. These hopes and dreams speak of how we are wired and the joys we find in exercising our gifts to make the world a better place, whether that’s by interpreting the law or praising good food. Listen in, then continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook.

More to Read from Persuasion Episode 141:

How Trump’s Supreme Court Pick Could Undo Kennedy’s LegacyThe New Yorker

Qualifications To Become A Supreme Court JusticeThe Law Dictionary

Award-winning food critic Jay Rayner sends this letter to everyone who asks how to get his jobBusiness Insider

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Category:persuasion -- posted at: 9:36pm EDT

Unless you’ve shut off the news and all social media this past month, you are aware of our president’s policy that has separated children from parents as families cross our southern border. Regardless of your stance on the morality and legality of the practice, one thing is for certain: the blame game has taken over our discourse. Those who support the president’s policy blame previous administrations for the law that forces the trauma upon these immigrants, and they feel sorry for the way President Trump is being vilified. Those who don’t support the policy blame those who voted for President Trump, and they are outraged by the human rights violations. All this blaming, however, is distracting us from the main concern: the children who have been separated from their parents and the parents who are frantic to be reunited with them.

In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discuss the way our public discourse has become about winning and sides rather than solving a crisis that is traumatizing real families and real children. Is it possible for us to set politics aside? Is it possible to embrace empathy for families that see this dangerous way as the only option open to them? Is it possible to solve the humanitarian crisis first and fix blame later? All these questions and more are covered. Listen in, then continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook.

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In response to a marketing ploy by IHOP, Twitter has decided: Pancakes and burgers do not go together. Last week the International House of Pancakes restaurant chain launched a new campaign to promote its burger menu. There were cryptic pre-launch ads showing the letter P in the logo flipped upside down to make it a B, all in an attempt to stir up interest in what the B might mean. All of Twitter seemed shocked to find the B was for burger, because, if you had not noticed, IHOP is about breakfast. Could this new campaign convince us to choose IHOP for any other reason? If we judge the effectiveness of the campaign based on the Twitter response, the answer would be a hearty no.

In this ounce of Persuasion fast chat, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson assess this failed online communication to a previous conversation discuss the need for better online engagement. Too often we send out messages like IHOP did: without knowing our audience well enough to shape the message to be properly understood and embraced. There is much we can learn from IHOP’s recent marketing ploy. Listen in, then continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook.

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Free speech is a right that’s often claimed in emotionally charged conversations. We want to say whatever we want, because it’s a right granted to us by our county’s constitution. This is technically true: our country extends freedom for people to speak their minds. Although 100% agreement on what is said isn’t likely, we value the right to say what we think, ultimately trusting society to corral outlying ideas and shape them into a more refined understanding along the way. But what happens when the ideals of the majority begin to squeeze out fringe thoughts in ways that makes the society unhealthy?

In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discuss several recent free speech kerfuffles covered in the news and online, including recent comments by Rosanne Barr and Samantha Bee and the NFL’s anthem ruling. All these happenings cause alarm and force us to consider if our value of free speech may presume too much in terms of society’s collective ability to handle its power and goodness. When are dissenting opinions and voices needed? Should abrasive or abusive words be shut down? Who decides what constitutes improper ideals in need of correction? Listen in to all this and more, and then continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook.

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Category:persuasion -- posted at: 9:02pm EDT

Graduation season is upon us, and if you have any graduates to celebrate you know what this means: It’s time to bestow all your sage advice to help these poor young souls from all the heartache you experienced after college.

In this ounce of Persuasion fast chat, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson share their witticism of adult life. Each shares a bit of the shock that descended when “real life” kicked in post-college and how they transitioned from free spirited student to (somewhat) responsible adult. What advice would you give to college students who are just about to embark on this adventure we call adulthood? Listen in to see if it matches with a few of the things Erin and Hannah cover, and then continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook.

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Alexa is Amazon’s voice-activated digital assistant that makes your home a virtual microphone: You speak to Alexa, and it provides whatever help it is programmed to complete. By calling out to Alexa by name, you can control your lights, media system, and thermostat, as well as ask for information to every trivia(l) question that stumps you. For all the help this technology provides, it also works only by direct, simple commands. Such communication works for computer systems but does little for person-to-person interactions. And experts are concerned people will being to speak this way by default which is, in short, rather rude.

In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson consider the ways that our modern communication styles are shaping the way we think and talk. Will Alexa give us practice using our commanding voice? Will it cause us to forget social graces? This is crucial, as the way we interact with others should be shaped by our status as fellow humans and image bearers, not as machines to do our bidding. Listen in to all this and more, and then continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook. Be sure to answer our question of the day: How do you see tech changing the way you communicate with others?

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Category:persuasion -- posted at: 7:37am EDT

We like our celebrities gorgeous. Until we don’t. The beauty and style of British Duchess Catherine has been all the rage since she married Prince William in 2011. But earlier this month, the InterWebs were all astir because she was just a little bit too beautiful. And as the saying goes, haters gonna hate. The trouble began when Catherine and William emerged from the hospital a mere seven hours after she delivered baby number three. As usual, Catherine was radiant, and her near flawlessness sent people into a rage. How could someone who just gave birth look that great? Outrage ensued as assessments poured in about setting impossibly high standards for the peasants of the world. How could we possibly measure up? Won’t all post-delivery moms feel like failures for not being as beautiful as Catherine? (Let’s be honest: For that matter, wouldn’t most women feel like ugly ducklings next to the Duchess?)

In this ounce of Persuasion fast chat, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discuss the ways that we demand perfection from our celebrities but then criticize them for fulfilling our demands. From Duchess Catherine to Carrie Underwood, recent web grousing has focused on women who are known and praised for their beauty, but then dare to be so. Listen in to all this and more, and then continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook.

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