Re: Gnostic Sources on the Boob Tube?
- Hello Gerry
On 05/01/05, you wrote:
> Here's something peculiar that came up when I was researching a
> Gnostic topic a while back. I was kind of shocked by what turned up,
> enough so to waste an evening trying to investigate it further. Mind
> you, I've never watched _Gilmore Girls_, although I think highly of
> Lauren Graham (and she's a helluva Poker player!). At any rate, my
> initial search had yielded a 4th-season episode of this series that
> was titled "Nag Hammadi Is Where They Found the Gnostic Gospels."
> Hmmm. Had mention of our traditional Gnostic texts made its way into
> a sitcom? Or was this simply another instance, like Prada's new
> perfume, of Gnostic references gratuitously making their way into
> popular culture . . . completely devoid of their original context? I
> was curious, but the various sites with episode synopses that I had
> visited revealed no insights. I tried to look for possible "Gnostic"
> connections with both the director and the scriptwriter. I finally
> had to read through a transcript of the dialogue to discover the
> reference [using your browser's FIND feature there, type "speaker"
> and go directly to the section in question]:
> Rather disappointing, innit. The whole thing was material for a
> joke, and I reckon it shouldn't surprise us that when it comes to
> such seemingly "obscure" texts, most people simply "don't get it."
> Anyhow, whenever I look at other people's evaluations on the Web of
> such direct allusions in modern media to traditional sources, I
> notice a very varied sampling of opinions. I guess the view that I
> find most difficult to reconcile is that even though there is often
> no apparent recognition of the actual significance of the material
> by the parties appropriating it (and certainly NO effort made to
> educate the targeted consumer), some Gnostic sympathizers appear to
> be just fine with it anyway. I'm wondering if anyone can help me
> understand how "mainstreaming" Gnosticism in such a way would be at
> all beneficial . . . or desirable? Can we actually count a virtually
> subliminal citation of Gnostic texts, especially when done in such
> flippant fashion, as increasing the awareness of Gnosticism in the
> public eye?
> The analogy of pearls and swine comes to mind, but I'm wondering if
> others see it differently.
I think you see it right. Me sees pigs poking in amongst the pearls.
Mike Leavitt ac998@...