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Remote Virtue


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"In the fertile, provocative tradition of Neil Postman, Jen Letherer challenges her readers to change the channels of perception to seek and discover 'remote virtues,' not only those virtues that seem so distant from media, but are deeply embedded in them. Drawing from a wide range of theoretical and biblical perspectives, Letherer articulates a compelling framework from which Christians may discern the sermons from Downton Abbey to The Walking Dead, providing a delightful and insightful commentary on both the media and their consumers, us. " -- Terry Lindvall, C. S. Lewis Chair of Communication and Christian Thought, Virginia Wesleyan College "This splendid book is wise, insightful, and practical. You'll appreciate TV and movies more, be a more discerning and informed viewer, and know how to discuss the latest ones with friends and family." -- Quentin J. Schultze, Professor of Communication Emeritus, Calvin College "In playful and accessible ways, Letherer draws important distinctions between sacred and sacrilegious intentionality as it relates to media consumption and critique. She calls readers to cultivate holy habits and virtuous viewing practices in an age of digital storytelling. Letherer slowly and artfully pulls back the curtain to reveal the true identity of The Great and Powerful Oz.." -- Robert H. Woods Jr., Coauthor, Prophetically Incorrect, A Christian Introduction to Media Criticism; Network Administrator, Christianity and Communication Studies Network (www.theccsn.com) "While many Christians have written about the importance of paying attention to movies, Jen Letherer offers excellent, and much needed, advice about how to pay attention, discussing what to look for on the screen as well as in one's own viewing practices. From its evocative title to its closing sentence, Remote Virtue is stunningly articulate, reflecting Letherer's well-informed understanding of the moving image, not only its history but also theories about its power. She then applies that understanding to specific television shows, applications that will transform couch-potato spectators into virtuous viewers." -- Crystal Downing, Distinguished Professor of English and Film Studies, Messiah College

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Jen Letherer teaches film studies, theater, and writing for the Department of Communication and Media at Spring Arbor University.

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