Christian pop-culture rankings

The Christian Analysis of American Culture project may be the most insane piece of anthropological work in the history of earth. They take six criteria for judging a movie or TV show — “Wanton Violence/Crime, Impunity/Hate, Sex/Homosexuality, Drugs/Alcohol, Offense to God, Murder/Suicide”, which coincidentally spell out WISDOM — and rank the shows according to whether or not they are “unacceptable in accordance with the teachings of Jesus”.

They even have an enormous page devoted to explaining their “CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model” — which “computes the density of unacceptable material in a program and presents it as a number, i.e., the Influence Density (ID).” Dig this page offering an explanation of how it works, and, I beg of you, do not miss the chart near the bottom showing how Mary Poppins and Black Beauty rank compared to Demolition Man and Deathwish II. Finer pseudoscience cannot be had.

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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