An introduction to pop culture


So your son is 11, going on 17, going on 3. You want to prepare him for the world; how to ‘read’ pop culture and how to come to a view. You want to teach him what to accept and what to resist. You are aware that he is developing higher level critical facilities, so where do you go?

You go to ‘the Matrix’; the kind of film an 11 year old boy could begin to ‘get’. You talk to him about reality/imagined reality, about Alice in Wonderland and about the Gospel that is implicit throughout this film. And you think- in the words of Van Morrison ‘Wouldn’t it be great if days like this could last forever?’