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Episode 424: Evil Algorithms & Faith-Based Movies with Luke Barnett




The Holy Post crew discusses the new Netflix documentary, “The Social Dilemma,” about the way social media is contributing to the breakdown of society and how Facebook’s algorithms make reasonable people into extremists.



Also this week, Skye and Josh Lindsay—his co-host on The Movie Proposal podcast—interview actor and screenwriter, Luke Barnett, about his new comedy “Faith Based.” Barnett explains how his long experience in the church informed the project, why Christian movies follow such a predictable formula, and how tribal identity rather than quality is what makes movies successful today. Plus, new research from Barna says fewer Christians think racism is a significant problem than a year ago. And Mexico passes a law preventing kids from buying junk food.

"‘We Had To Take Action’: States In Mexico Move to Ban Junk Food Sales To Minors”: https://www.npr.org/2020/09/14/912029399/we-had-to-take-action-states-in-mexico-move-to-ban-junk-food-sales-to-minors"White Christians Have Become Even Less Motivated to Address Racial Injustice”: https://www.barna.com/research/american-christians-race-problem/



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Every one made their own choice being conned is a opinion. People tell you an show you what they want you to believe

They wanted 15 minutes of fame , and they bought it with the blood of people doing their job, simple as that. Violence is never the answer never will be.


Trump is a maverick , just be cause he is rich powerful believe he feels invincible he know different now. The protester 's haven't the drive to research anything before going off half cocked just like Trump . All they heard and seen was something different, an idiot with confidence, plain talking, loud mouth who presented himself so different they assumed he was right they were fool…

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Star44145, I was curious about that too and I think it is "Lost Moon Radio" with Ryan Harrison. Tragically, it doesn't appear to be a podcast or an actual radio show, but rather a comedy thing. I kept getting error messages when I clicked on their videos on YouTube but you might have better luck. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRPGNsir5w4-dXB16vgo1KA

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I bought the movie "Faith Based" as a result of this podcast and, oh my soul, I laughed. Made my Christian school graduate daughter watch it too and she loved it. So, so good. "Prayer and Prejudice"....brilliant! I appreciated that it never disrespected God or Jesus in any way and was affectionately gentle with Christian eccentricities. (warning: if you are truly a good person, you will probably be bothered by some of the language and other elements of this film but, if you're not quite so good, you probably were familiar with all those things already)

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Steve R
Steve R
Oct 07, 2020

I now have a movie night planned for the day after Faith Based comes out. Thanks for bringing this to my attention, I would not have heard about this film otherwise.

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Skye Jethani
Skye Jethani
Oct 02, 2020

One helpful tool is AllSides.com. It categorizes news outlets from far Left, Center, and far Right, shows headlines across the spectrum covering the same event, and then links to each article. Sometimes it’s illuminating to see how each side spins a story.

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