The Nutritional Side of Pop — 3 Questions for Jonathan Fitzgerald

Posted on: November 7th, 2012 by Patton Dodd No Comments

Here at Bondfire, while our authors are hard at work on ebook masterpieces, we like to interrupt them with questions about what they’re up to and why. This post is the first in our 3 Questions series, wherein we momentarily bug an author about what they’re working on for us.

First up, Jonathan D. Fitzgerald, author of the forthcoming¬†Not Your Mother’s Morals, which is…well, we’ll let him explain:

What are you writing for Bondfire?
My book is called Not Your Mother’s Morals. It is a kind of pop culture manifesto in which I declare that, contrary to common perceptions, contemporary movies, music, and television shows are not just a frivolous waste of time. On the contrary, as our culture becomes increasingly more fragmented, they are among the best modes for transmitting valuable moral lessons to a wide audience.

Why are you writing it?
When I was growing up in a particularly conservative and fundamentalist Christian community, the general assumption was that popular culture was a tool the devil used for corrupting young minds. And yet, that’s just not my experience. What I’ve seen instead, rising steadily through the eighties, nineties, and aughts, is a movement toward authenticity and sincerity in the stories we tell, making them excellent mediums for communicating moral messages. This “New Sincerity” that runs through popular culture has wide reaching, positive effects on our perceptions about God and matters of spirituality, family values, and attitudes toward our country. Pay no attention to the naysayers; the sky is not falling, my friends.

Why should we read it?
Because you love pop culture. You’re addicted to great television shows and are obsessive about the music you listen to. You love comic book-based movies and romantic comedies and you’ve always had a sense that there’s more to these things than just the enjoyment they provide. You’ve felt this, but haven’t been able to articulate it. I’m here to tell you that the shows you watch, the music you listen to, and the movies you stream are actually making you a better person. This is good news, so you should read my book!

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