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Symbols of Excess: Ozark and the Idolatry of Our Times

Updated: Jan 30

In this essay, which appears in Pop Culture and Theology, I examine the symbolism of the title cards in the the Netflix series Ozark as a commentary on capitalism and consumer culture. These graphics parallel corporate logos and highlight the fusion of personal narratives with commodification. I discuss how neoliberalism functions as a religion of economics, promoting the pursuit of wealth and power as a means of fulfillment. I also address the perversion of religious symbols in the show, where the market replaces God and values of profit dominate over human relationships. My essay warns against the dangers of idolatry and consumerism, advocating for a critical mindset and resistance against the seductive illusions of materialism.


Ozark Title Card (Season 14 Epsisode 14)

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