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DOI 10.12887/27-2014-1-105-13

Fr. Jacek GRZYBOWSKI – Why Justin Bieber, Rather Than Justin Martyr? On Holiness in Postmodern Culture

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Every generation needs its idols, heroes, and paragons of virtue whose lives may become examples to follow. In the contemporary world of the 21st century, with its fast development of technology, media and communications, this tendency has acquired a special shape: the traditional vehicles of transmitting values and personality paragons, such as the family, the social and religious communities, and school have been effectively counterbalanced by stars, idols and celebrities. The parents, the relatives, heroic ancestors, national heroes or the saints are no longer role models for the young people between the ages of 10 and 25, the period particularly important to the formation of a stable world view. Due to the influence of pop culture in the contemporary world they have been replaced by pop heroes and pop heroines. The breakdown of the traditional authority and the current value transformation is a consequence of the prevalence of the consumerist lifestyle promoted by the media that generate cultural habits subsequently strengthened by the computer and consumer civilization. The content delivered by the media is currently forming entire generations. The consumerist lifestyle has thus become a cultural norm in Western civilization.

Keywords: idol, holiness, sanctity, religion, consumerism, pop culture, the media, Justin Bieber, market

Department of the Philosophy of Culture, Faculty of Christian Philosophy,
Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University,
ul. Wójcickiego 1/3,
01-938 Warsaw, Poland
E-mail: jgrzybowski@hoga.pl

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  1. ISSN 0860-8024
  2. The Republic of Poland Ministry of Science and Higher Education Value: 20.00
  3. Quarterly “Ethos” is indexed by the following databases: EBSCO, CEEOL, Index Copernicus (ICV 2017: 55.26), Philosopher’s Index, ERIH Plus.
  4. DOI Prefix 10.12887