The October 13 edition of The Living Church is available online to registered subscribers. In this issue the Rev. Mark F.M. Clavier writes about how culture initiates children into consumerism. An excerpt:

The commodification of childhood means that young children are introduced to a global market before they have any capacity to cope with it. That global market becomes their world; their exposure to television, film, popular music, and the internet far outweighs in time and attention the impact of any local or traditional culture. This “new digital ecosystem” is where children, even from a very early age, spend much of their leisure time, and marketers see this ecosystem as an environment of almost limitless advertising potential.

Reviving Interdependence

Initiation into Consumerism
By Mark F.M. Clavier


The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction by Alan Jacobs
Review by W.L. “Chip” Prehn

C.S. Lewis and Friends edited by David Hein and Edward Henderson
Review by Charles R. Henery

The Marriage of Faith by Laura Dabundo
Review by Betsy Childs

Frank Sheed and Maisie Ward, edited by David Meconi, SJ
Review by Patrick J. Hayes

The First Thousand Years by Robert Louis Wilken
Review by John C. Bauerschmidt

Christians, Muslims, and Jesus by Mona Siddiqui
Review by David Bertaina

Catholic Voices
Remember the Peshawar 81
By Patrick Pervez Augustine

Blue-collar Redemption
By Leonard Freeman

Other Departments
Sunday’s Readings
People & Places

About The Author

I am senior editor of The Living Church. My wife, Monica, and I attend St. Matthew’s Church in Richmond, Virginia.

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