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Religion and the media.

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A1 In the world we live in today people have revolutionized the image of religion, so that it is now regarded as a pastime instead of it solely being about God. In today's world media has evolved to be much more powerful than religion, and therefore some say that media is taken more seriously. After observation of the TV channels broadcasting specific religious programmes, I saw that all terrestrial TV channels had at least one hour a week of religious programmes. The government issues the license enabling TV companies to broadcast, and has a significant role in deciding on what has to be shown. In each TV channels broadcasting charter it is stated that they must "provide an average of at least two hours a week of religious programmes." This means that if a TV channel does not show this minimum amount their license could be evoked. It is very obvious why the government is concerned about religion in the UK since only 48 per cent of UK residents claim to belong to a religion, compared to 89 per cent in the United States and 92 per cent in Italy. Also two-thirds of 18-24 year olds in the UK, say that they have no religious affiliation compared to just a quarter in Spain. ...read more.

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Soap operas have significantly evolved since they were first introduced on television in the 1950s. In the 1950s soap operas mainly were about middle-class families living in small towns; were good always triumphed. The soap operas shown in the UK at present illustrate the usual problems and joys of life. There are times of celebration and times of sadness. Today's soap operas also represent many other races and backgrounds, because of the fact that we live in a multicultural society. They mainly deal with tough moral and religious issues which go in parallel with what people are faced with everyday. The reason why soap operas have an audience of around 17 million is because in my opinion they show reality, which people can physically relate to it. The reason why we do not have as many people watching religious programmes is simply because people cannot physically relate to religion, whereas to soap operas they can. A moral issue is an issue where there is a difference of opinion about what is right and wrong, such as abortion. This is another reason why Soap operas are immensely popular, because they deal with a vast range of moral issues, which people have different opinions over. ...read more.

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Although this may not have been the focal objective, the way this particular subject was dealt with, in some ways reinforces atheistic beliefs about the non-existence of God. It does this by displaying that even the most puritanical believers of God bend the rules that God has set out. I think that Eastenders should have put more thought on deciding how to end this moral issue, so there is a fair equilibrium on what the Soap represents. I am not suggesting that they should exalt religion and not take into consideration the moral side of things, but what I am saying is that there has to be a fine balance. Christians believe that life is sacred and that no one has the right to take away this gift that God has given us. The sanctity of life is first described in Genesis 1:27 "So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them". From this biblical quote we can conclude that if God has created us in the image of Himself, then therefore each human exists as an expression of God and his character. Then this would surely mean that human beings cannot destroy this sacred image in anyway. Raham Karimaghei 11c Can no: 8079 Centre no: 12538 Religion and Media Coursework- Mr Cox ...read more.

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