Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Good Questions : the Golden Compass "debate"

There is an ongoing discussion about the movement to protest the Golden Compass by Philip Pullman. This is a good blog entry about questions that parents and kids can engage in once they read the book or watch the movie. My opinion is that the series is great. I do not understand why anyone would want to protest the movie because it challenges your faith. But that's just me. Anyway, if you are skeptical about it or just want a good book discussion going, check this out.
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Golden Compass Media Literacy Guide for the Faith Community

Media Mindfulness Strategy
for The Golden Compass

 Everyone can use the strategy as a point of departure for further exploring what they believe and articulating this well.

Here is the four part-strategy:

What’s going on? What’s the story? How is the film’s reality created and why

2.      What’s really going on? Who is telling the story and why? (The film business; the author; the screenwriter).


3.      What difference does the film make? Is it really atheistic? Or does it evoke thoughtful conversation about things that matter?


4.      What difference can I make? What did the characters in the film learn? How did they grow and change? Did they? What, if any, light did the film shed on how I can live the Christian life is ways that respect human dignity? (See Media Mindfulness: Educating Teens about Faith and Media, Hailer/Pacatte, St. Mary’s Press, 2007, )

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