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Religion and the media

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Religion and the media The media is a form of communication to large audiences; Mass media. The biggest form of media is TV, but there countless different types of media: * Radio * Film and video * Print (newspapers, magazines, direct mail, etc.) * Photography * Electronic (E-mail, the Web, etc.) The media is quite new in some aspects but is already a crucial and important role in people's lives. It communicates things all over world to people, and it reproduces modern society's self-image. But some people say that the media destroys the individual's capacity to act for themselves. Media often perpetuates stereotypes which can be either good or bad, but most of the time very patronising. The media is becoming increasingly important to peoples lives everyday, to buying a paper every morning to see the worlds news to downloading music as soon as it comes out. ...read more.

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But most of there religious broadcasts are still of only one faith, mainly Christianity. Where as ITV (formally known as Grenada) do no religious programs at all. But channel 4 does a variation of different religious TV programs and documentary's from all different faiths, here are some examples: * Women Bishops First shown on Channel 4 in July 2005 Katie Streten traces the history and outlines the arguments for and against the ordination of women as bishops in the Church of England and comes to her own conclusions * Great British Islam First shown on Channel 4 in October 2005 Sun reporter Anila Baig traces Islam's centuries-old relationship with Britain and discovers that it is more creative than most people realize. * Gay Muslims first shown on Channel 4 in January 2006 the experiences of five gay/lesbian Muslims in Britain challenge the heterosexual bias in Muslim communities and illustrate the diversity within Islam. ...read more.

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Which a well-rounded person would realise is not true and only the fair few are suicide bombers for reasons we do not know. But the media do not publicise anything to do with the good side of the faith, because it might change people views of the faith and go against what the news is telling them. The media almost always will twist a news story to the way they think and to what they believe. This means a lot of things in religion are twisted against them but people still believe it because the media is such a powerful influence. The media involves itself in issues like terrorism because it affects the whole world they also involve themselves in issues that they don't believe in and are against for example the Islamic headscarf and berka. I think the media can be a good and bad influence because ...read more.

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