Staublog January 20, 2004

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“Words don’t tell you what people are thinking. Rarely do we use words to really tell. We use words to sell people or to convince people or to make them admire us. It’s all disguise. It’s all hidden a secret language.” Roger Altman.

Words are important. “In the beginning was the word.” Words have limits. Roger Altman (foto right) nails one of them in the quote above. Evangelicals are swimming in a sea of words. Yesterday, while channel-surfing, I saw a TBN show with Kirk Cameron. Nice kid. I’ve interviewed him. He’s transitioned from “Growing Pains” to “Left Behind” and now he was on a pier witnessing to a skinhead. He gave a traditional “gospel as sales pitch” presentation to the guy and then we flashed back to the studio where the “real sales pitch began.” Kirk is selling a video series that teaches people how to share the gospel just like he did on the pier. Want some words? Here are two words for you. “Jesus wept.” Commercializing the gospel is one reason I’m having a difficult time writing my next book. Do we need more words? Do I want to get ground up in the publishing marketing machine?
Robert Altman: What I’ve Learned

“Big Fish” is an amazing movie that explores the tenuous relationship between words and fact. I think it is a must see.
Big Fish

More words. Did the Pope really endorse Mel Gibson’s the Passion? Does anybody cringe at the seductive marketing machine that sucked in the Pope and James Dobson as hucksters for this new (and I suspect stunning) commercial film? I don’t often agree with Frank Rich, but I think we need to see how the marketing of “The Passion” looks to him.
Frank Rich on Pope’s Endorsement
Pope: No Endorsement

“It’s the economy stupid” takes on new meaning with housewives selling “sex toys.” One Seattle woman reports, “I can make two-hundrfed dollars an hour without taking my clothes off. It’s crazy, and I don’t even have a college degree.”
WOmen Sell Sex Toys

Our national preoccupation with youth and beauty means aging actresses, once the darling of casting directors, are suddenly off the radar. Brooke Adams explores this in her role in “Made Up.” Nevertheless our immigration department grants speedy entry to “Stars” from other countries. Do we really need more Susan Luccis?
Brooke Adams ¢â‚¬ËœMade Up’
Fast Lane for Hollywood Wannabe Immigrants

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