This year insured the downfall of many Hollywood heavyweights and confessions from many of its performers, and proof that diversity is both necessary and profitable
The influence of a chairwoman with a background in showbiz was felt in every corner of the cultural world in 2017, from politically inflected theatre to a revitalized late-night comedy scene.
The year also saw the downfall of many Hollywood heavyweights in a climate that dedicated those with less power the ability to speak out against sexual predators, from Harvey Weinstein to Kevin Spacey.
It wasn’t just a barrage of bleakness, though, with a number of freshening and vital box office reaches showing that diversity is not only necessary but profitable( from Get Out to Wonder Woman to Girls Trip) and a seemingly unending embarrassment of riches on the small screen with The Handmaid’s Tale, Mindhunter and Big Little Lies among many fantastic options.
Mike Pence, discovering God and the changing agenda of Christian music festivals
Alongside our coverage of Coachella, we procured time to focus on a less-reported subsection of music festivals. Jemayel Khawaja attended the world’s biggest Christian gathering, looking at the component that such events now play and how their dwindling attendance has led them to seek a more progressive stance, at odds with those held by Mike Pence, who found his religion at one in 1978.
There is strange irony in the fact that after decades of trying to break Christian acts into mainstream music and eventually succeeding at doing so, that open-door facilitated a cross-pollinization of Christian and secular culture, one that has had deleterious effects on the singular important many youthful believers place on Christian music as their source for their culture involvement .
The result is that attendance and profits for Christian celebrations around the country have fallen significantly over the past decade. Many of the smaller events have ceased to exist, while a sizable section have been swallowed up by the still massive Creation series of festivals- including Ichthus in Kentucky, where Mike Pence received Jesus. Even more worrying for traditionalists is that many of the purposes of the act performing are not overtly religious in their messaging and do not sing about God, while others even induce questioning their religion a central topic of their music. Like it or not, modern Christianity has become intersectional, and it’s a lot harder to influence a generation who pick and choose their identity in a bricolage rather than a one-size-fits-all worldview .