Watch This!: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Black Televangelism Jonathan L. Walton

ISBN: 9780814794173

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Watch This!: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Black Televangelism  by  Jonathan L. Walton

Watch This!: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Black Televangelism by Jonathan L. Walton
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Through their constant television broadcasts, mass video distributions, and printed publications, African American religious broadcasters have a seemingly ubiquitous presence in popular culture. They are on par with popular entertainers and athletesMoreThrough their constant television broadcasts, mass video distributions, and printed publications, African American religious broadcasters have a seemingly ubiquitous presence in popular culture.

They are on par with popular entertainers and athletes in the African American community as cultural icons even as they are criticized by others for taking advantage of the devout in order to subsidize their lavish lifestyles.For these reasons questions abound. Do televangelists proclaim the message of the gospel or a message of greed? Do they represent the authentic voice of the black church or the Christian Right in blackface?

Does the phenomenon reflect orthodox Christianity or ethnocentric Americaninity wrapped in religious language?Watch This! seeks to move beyond such polarizing debates by critically delving into the dominant messages and aesthetic styles of African American televangelists and evaluating their ethical implications.



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