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Religion in the media.

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Name: Ricky Singh School: Hatch End High School Candidate Number: 9253 Religious Education Teacher: Miss Boyd Date: 2002 Contents Page Section A: Page: Introduction 4 Religious Documentary Programmes 5 Religious Magazine Programmes 8 Religious Worship Programmes 11 Religion in Soap Operas 13 How a religious/moral issue is Dealt with in a drama/film 16 Section B: Does television always present religious people as being "out 19 of touch" with the modern world? Overall conclusion 22 Introduction - Religion in the Media This is a brief introduction into my R.E coursework, which is based upon religious programmes in the media. Since religious programmes started broadcasting on the television in 1946, many people's knowledge about other faiths other than their own, have grown. This is due to the fact that there is a vast majority of viewers tuning into these programmes shown on the television, which are usually shown on the television on a Sunday morning or afternoon. They are usually aired at this time because many older people are unable to get access to their local church so they watch these programmes instead. These series' of programmes are called the "God slot". Many other religions show programmes to do with their faith if there is a religious occasion, but it is mainly Christian programmes about the church and issues concerning the world. Most religious programmes give the viewers either a positive or negative impression towards their religion. This often influences younger viewers against the idea of religion, if they see the church as a dull and place which only old people go to. Some programmes give the viewers this impression, but now there are many programmes in which they show the church in a much brighter and more enjoyable place to be. They show many programmes during Christian festivals (Christmas and Easter) that show the church as a fun and enjoyable place, which they hope, will influence younger viewers and increase the number of people attending the festivals in churches. ...read more.


For example, when they were talking about the terrorism, one man said that they should not be killing innocent Afghans, but they should " kill Satan himself ". The people talking about their separate issues were not particularly mentioning God but I think that when the man was saying, " kill Satan himself " I think that had a link to God. As God does not want people killing one another, but wants them to kill Satan himself by resisting the temptation of bombing Afghanistan. I also think that the people singing the hymns were reaching out to God and praising Him. Conclusion I think that this programme was very boring and although my classmates did not see the episode that I did, but the one that they watched, must surely have been equally as boring and dull. Religion in Soap Operas Introduction In our previous R.E lesson, we watched two soap operas. A Soap Opera is a very popular form of television in which sets of characters are followed as they live they're lives individually and in their community. We watched them to see their religious content. Most Soap Opera's tend to base their stories on things like abortion, euthanasia, racism, prejudice, homosexuality, theft etc. We watched Brookside, which is shown three times a week at either 8pm or 8:30pm on Channel 4 and Eastenders, which is shown four times a week at either 7:30m or 8pm on BBC1. Brookside Addle, who is 14 years old, has had an abortion. In many religions this is considered to be a sin, as it is considered to be murder. It also interferes with 'The Sanctity of Life', but in the Hindu faith, this would be okay as they believe in reincarnation. Reincarnation is when you die and then you will keep coming back to earth in another body until you are pure enough to get to Moksha. ...read more.


He is very cautious on what he or lets his children do, as he thinks that things such as sweets with a devil on the front, are bad for his children. The way he dresses also shows how out of touch and out of fashion he is. Eastenders - Dorothy Cotton This is my fourth example of a character in a television programme that is out of touch with the modern world. She is a stereotypical Christian. What I mean by this is that she is always going to church on a Sunday, is very cautious on what she says and does, as she feels that it might have some affect on her religion. Conclusion I have come to a conclusion that there will always be at least one out of touch religious person in a television programme. I think that many in touch religious people are being introduced to television programmes, but there will always be at least one out of touch person as I think that they are there to show that religion is not all changing because many younger religious people are not being old-fashioned and doing as they please. Overall Conclusion After 4 months on studying religion in the media, I have noticed and learnt many different things about how religion is acted by the characters and how it is presented on the television to the audience. Religion is not always the moral of many soap operas, but religion, most of the time, comes up in the story line, even if it was not intended to. There are programmes that are meant to involve religion and revolve around it such as religious documentaries and magazines. Films are most probably where you would least expect religion to be in, but believe or not, it is brought up quite a lot. The actors that are playing the part of a religious person in many cases today are coming across as young, sociable people and there are becoming fewer "old fashioned" religious people in television programmes. 2 1 ...read more.

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