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Issue: "Can the boom last?," Oct. 16, 1999

Getting real

I expect that WORLD will receive a lot of critical mail for using the expression "smart-ass" in an article ("Out of this world," Sept. 18), even though it comes from the mouth of a character in a show you are criticizing, and even though the quote illustrates in a devastating way the show's worldview. But I want to congratulate you for getting real with Get Real. After watching only part of one episode I had that horrible sinking feeling of knowing that this show is likely to be a big success-and with people who ought to know better-unless someone offers some intelligent criticism beyond, "It's bad because it has cuss words in it." Telling the truth about this show is an exercise worth soiling the breakfast linens for. Please do not quit the field in this battle, even if it becomes messy. - Warren Smith, Charlotte, N.C.

Eye-opener

Your Sept. 18 issue was an eye-opener, literally. I was awakened to what is coming out from our TV screens. "Don't look now" (Sept. 18) showed what America's view is of TV, what is really out there, and as a Christian what I should be looking out for. - Leah Badeer, 18, Lincoln, Neb.

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Regarding the page-three caption, "Ratings system has only made TV worse": It is people who decided to bring sex, violence, and bad language to the TV and movie screens, and it is people who watch and demand more of the same. - Dave Foster, Sierra Vista, Ariz.

Like being there

I agree that Christians are to be on top of current events, but you crossed the line in the Sept. 18 issue. I was totally disgusted, in particular, with "Out of this world" and "Burned out." I felt as if I had actually watched one of these shows, or participated in the Burning Man art party. - Kyle Beltle, Brick, N.J.

Hope for the burning

The Burning Man gathering, with the sex-obsessed depravity, the experimental worship forms, the modern version of temple prostitution, the blind rejection of tradition, and the self-absorption, reminds me of the book of Judges. Then, as now, there was no effective leadership and "every man did what was right in his own eyes." The result was the worst period in Israel's history. However, I also found hope in your article. If even the pseudo-intellectual, artistic elite of the postmodern movement are willing to admit that their movement is void of any real creativity or meaning, then maybe the church has a window of opportunity to introduce them to abundant, meaningful life in Christ. - David Farmer, Minden, La.

Fest of folly

Roy Maynard's article on Burning Man artfully exposed the folly of the entire desert fest. My husband and I couldn't stop laughing. Thanks. - Huntley Cooney, Tucson, Ariz.

One idea to bind us

Marvin Olasky described H.G. Wells's unifying idea ("H.G. and me," Sept. 11) as an ominous but familiar chant: "Common historical ideas to rule us all! Common ideas to bind us!" This was a parody of the inscription on the One Ring in Tolkien's epic, Lord of the Rings: "One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them." Mr. Olasky quietly suggested the connection between Tolkien's symbol and Wells's vision of oneness. - Nancy J. Rice, Hackettstown, N.J.

Taking Lewis along

Mr. Olasky's advice, that we send our children off to college with a copy of C.S. Lewis's Mere Christianity in hand, strongly resonated with me, as the father of two college students. Our children were fortunate enough to "have had the Chronicles of Narnia read to them a couple of times early on," and have since moved on to some of Lewis's other works. It was extremely rewarding to hear from our sophomore at the University of Washington that his preferred gift this Christmas would be "everything that Lewis wrote." - Rob Stroud, Temecula, Calif.

Ready to shake

I found it poignant that in the Sept. 4 issue your coverage of the colossal earthquake in Turkey ("Keeping count") was alongside articles concerning pop-culture paganism ("Charmed, I'm sure") and postmodern psychology ("Reinventing yourself"). We are sitting, spiritually, on a "fault" that is preparing for a major quake. - Angela Carman, Wilmore, Ky.

Going ... going ... gone

I am 18 and a high-school senior. I will always disagree with some things at my high school, but I do not think that Christian teens should leave public schools ("Public-school god," Sept. 11). When I began at my high school there was a group of teens that had a big influence on students and teachers. Four years later, many Christian parents have taken their kids out and there are hardly any Christians left to stand up for our values and beliefs. - Denae Holderman, Somerset, Calif.

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