Mickey Mouse as Icon: Taking Popular Culture Seriously

Bruce David Forbes

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 7/1/2003

Issue: Icons of Culture (Vol. 23, No 3, Summer, 2003)

Popular culture is worthy of study for people active in ministry because it both shapes us and reflects us. It is everywhere, like the air we breathe. It tells us "who we are, and what we are, and why." One icon of popular culture, Mickey Mouse, mirrors our utopian dreams and symbolizes our transformation of everything into commodities.

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