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Give your responce to the view that 'Television always presents religious people as out of touch with the modern world'

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B) Give your response to the view that - 'Television always presents religious people as out of touch with the modern.' This essay will discuss how the media represents religious people, and if the statement given is true. Often stereotypes are created in our society thorough the media. It is thought that the media portrays religious people as out of touch with the 'modern' world. Time and again people are presented in soap operas. Frequently the character is elderly and advocates his or her religion to the other characters. An example of this is Dot Cotton, a character in the television series Eastenders. She is described as an 'Icon of British soap, Dot Cotton is the heart, soul and conscience of Walford. She is a chain smoking, Bible reading, gossip'. Dot preaches from the Bible (Christian holy book), and applies those teachings with herself. She is represented as a pillar of strength in the community, and is a consolidation to the younger characters in the show. Dot Cotton is perceived by the audience as out of touch with the modern world, as she is elderly and lives her life from the teaching of the Bible. This leads her to refusing to perform marital duties with her second husband. This proves Dot's views are old - fashioned, as sex is now an issue that is commonly and openly discussed in modern society. ...read more.

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Within the shows the younger characters feel they are unable to relate to him, as they describe him to be 'boring' and 'a fuddy-duddy'. This shows him to be out of touch with the modern world as the younger more 'modern' characters are unable to understand him or his point of view. On the other hand, religious characters on television are not always shown in a negative way, as out of touch with the modern world. An example of this is 'The Vicar of Dibley'. Geraldine Granger is a woman vicar who is described as 'a thoroughly modern, pop music-loving vicar'. She is a woman working as a vicar, therefore already challenges stereotypes. Not only that, but she also comfortably talks about sex, and often jokes about it too. She swears and talks about modern music showing that she is in touch with the modern world, more so than the villagers she associates with within the community. She is faithful to her religion; however she regulates it to suit the time and circumstance she is in. Another good example in this light is 'Father Ted'. The television show is set on the small remote Craggy Island. This itself conveys the feeling of isolation to the modern world. Father Ted and his friends are constantly portrayed as out of touch by their views and constant sinning. ...read more.

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She never preaches or forces her opinion on anyone. This portrays to religious people in a modern way, as Carmella is young and does not force her religion upon anyone else. On 'Big Brother', the reality show, the two most religious housemates, Shilpa Shetty and Jermaine Jackson, won and came second. This illustrates that religion does not hold people back in society. It also allowed viewers to see that being religious does not make someone boring as it showed both housemates joining in on the fun the other non-religious housemates had. In conclusion, I disagree with the statement. 'Television always presents religious people as out of touch with the modern world', as I feel that although religious characters are often represented as out of touch with the modern world (for example Dot Cotton), they are not always (for example the 'Vicar of Dibley'). I feel that recent television programmes have changed the stereotypical view that religious people, such as vicars, are difficult to relate to and they will not understand modern issues, such as abortion and euthanasia. It has changed the perception of religious people for the better as it shows that being religious does not make you an outcast in society - positive representation of religious people will allow youths to explore religion and find answers to their modern issues. ?? ?? ?? ?? Anushi Patel 11E Religious Studies Coursework 20-02-08 16 ...read more.

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