Gothic horror master Edgar Allan Poe wouldn’t have any trouble understanding our contemporary culture’s fascination with unsolved mysteries and grisly true crime stories. He called this impulse humanity’s “spirit of perverseness.” We want, somehow, to know how bad it really is. And we’re easily drawn into such stories.
We don’t have to look far to see evidence of that attraction. True crime podcasts are among the most popular in the land. And of the proliferation of similar television programs, there seems to be no end, either. Clearly, many, many people are fascinated with the stories of terrible, mysterious things that happen to others.
What does it look like to consider these popular programs through the lens of biblical discernment? Is there anything redemptive here, or is it all just “perverse,” as Poe would say? This week on The Plugged In Show, we’re talking about those very questions. So take a listen, and check out the links related to this week’s show listed below.
- Gift of Any Amount Offer: Burning Bush 2.0 by Paul Asay
- Plugged In Blog: We Love True Crime Entertainment. Should We?
- Plugged In Review: Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile
- Plugged In Review: The Exorcism of Emily Rose
- Focus on the Family: Setting Media Standards
- Focus on the Family: Making Wise Entertainment Choices
- Plugged In: Tech Guide
- Focus on the Family: How to Develop Media Intelligence in Your Home