100 Most Influential Cultural Items in My Life

A list of the 100 most important cultural items in my life to date. It’s focused more on items that are consumed/experienced. I’d like to think that each of these helped to evolve something special in who I am as a person, though I’m sure some are just things I really like a lot.

If you would like an explanation as to why something is listed on here, please ask and I’ll write up the impact.

Presented chronologically:

  1. Barney and Friends
  2. The Holy Bible
  3. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 
  4. Disney’s animated renaissance (from The Little Mermaid to The Lion King)
  5. Adventures in Odyssey 
  6. The Giving Tree
  7. Youth sports
  8. Potstickers
  9. Whiffle ball
  10. Old Time Radio (Abbot and CostelloThe Aldrich Family)
  11. Matt Christopher books
  12. Star Wars
  13. Home Alone
  14. Madden video game series
  15. The Hardy Boys book series
  16. The Sandlot
  17. The Sound of Music
  18. The Super Bowl
  19. IMDB
  20. DC Talk
  21. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  22. Peter Pan (and Hook)
  23. The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe
  24. Any Robin Hood story
  25. Space Jam
  26. Raiders of the Lost Ark
  27. Backyard Baseball
  28. Recess (and Disney’s “One Saturday Morning”)
  29. The Wayside School series by Louis Sachar
  30. EB White’s Charlotte’s Web
  31. Boy Meets World
  32. Roller Coaster Tycoon
  33. CS Lewis (Chronicles of Narnia and later theological works)
  34. Sportscenter
  35. Google
  36. A Christmas Story
  37. Disney Channel Original Movies
  38. The Sims
  39. Relient K
  40. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? 
  41. Sports Illustrated
  42. KNBR 680 Sports Radio (especially “The Razor and Mr. T” show)
  43. MxPx
  44. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  45. Tooth and Nail Records
  46. Ocean’s 11
  47. Survivor
  48. Wikipedia
  49. Yellowcard’s “Ocean Avenue”
  50. A Walk to Remember 
  51. Purevolume.com
  52. Snopes.com
  53. Myspace
  54. Underoath
  55. Warped Tour
  56. mewithoutYou
  57. The iPod
  58. Blue Like Jazz and other Donald Miller books
  59. Rob Bell (books, sermons, and more)
  60. Invisible Children
  61. Brand New The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me
  62. Derek Webb’s Mockingbird
  63. Little Miss Sunshine
  64. To Write Love on Her Arms
  65. Arrested Development
  66. Keith Green
  67. Johnny Cash
  68. Good Will Hunting
  69. There Will Be Blood
  70. Wall-E
  71. The Dark Knight
  72. David Bazan
  73. Scene It (Xbox 360 edition)
  74. Manchester Orchestra
  75. The Format/fun.
  76. Shane Claiborne (particularly The Irresistible RevolutionJesus For President)
  77. When Helping Hurts by Brian Fikkert and Steve Corbett
  78. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  79. The works of Greg Boyd (particularly The Myth of a Christian Nation)
  80. NT Wright (particularly After You Believe)
  81. Friday Night Lights
  82. The Social Network
  83. The Tree of Life
  84. Anthony Bourdain’s tv shows
  85. John Steinbeck (particularly East of Eden and Travels with Charley)
  86. The AV Club.com
  87. Through a Screen Darkly by Jeffrey Overstreet
  88. Soong Chan Rah’s The Next Evangelicalism
  89. Parks and Recreation
  90. Craft Food/Drink culture
  91. Grantland
  92. The Wire
  93. This American Life
  94. Radiolab
  95. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
  96. StuffChristianCultureLikes
  97. Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires of the City
  98. Comedy Bang Bang
  99. FiveThirtyEight
  100. Hamilton

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