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American televangelism and participatory cultures : fans, brands, and play with religious fakes /

Denis J. Bekkering.

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Author: Bekkering, Denis J.
Published: Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.
Series: Contemporary religion and popular culture.
Topics: Television in religion - United States. | Religious broadcasting - Christianity. | Popular culture - Religious aspects - Christianity. | RELIGION - Christian Life - Spiritual Growth. | Religion and Society. | Sociology of Religion. | Film/TV Industry.
Regions: United States.
Genres: Electronic books.
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Physical Description: 1 online resource.
Includes: Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN: 9783030005757 (electronic bk.)
3030005755 (electronic bk.)


Summary: This book examines unintended participatory cultures and media surrounding the American televangelists Robert Tilton and Tammy Faye Bakker-Messner. It brings to light heavily ironic fan followings; print, audio, and video projects; public access television parodies; and other comedic participatory practices associated with these controversial preachers from the 1980s onwards. For Tilton's ministry, some of these activities and artifacts would prove irksome and even threatening, particularly an analog video remix turned online viral sensation. In contrast, Bakker-Messner's "campy" fans - gay men attracted to her "ludicrous tragedy"--Would provide her unexpected opportunities for career rehabilitation.

More Details for: American televangelism and participatory