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"Television always present religious people as out of touch with the modern world".

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"Television always present religious people as out of touch with the modern world" In my opinion, if someone were described as "out of touch", I would define them as unaware of modern news and advances in technology. They would be in their own personal world - mentally. It also means that you are out of touch with many more of the simpler things to life now a days. Not being able to communicate or socialise well with other people can be seen as a reason to be "out of touch." Not being able to understand what is going on in the world around us, or not knowing or being aware of events around us, can lead to becoming quiet and shy and therefore "out of touch". Someone who is "in touch" with the modern world, would therefore be the complete opposite; they would know at least some fashion and music changes, as well as are up to date with world news and advances in technology. They would probably have only a few morals and values in life. They would also communicate and socialise well. Some people would argue that there are many programmes that portray religious people as "out of touch." ...read more.

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Together with his family, he prays at meals and before bed. He attends church three times a week; contributing to seven congregations, just to be on the safe side. He belongs to a Bible-study group and keeps notes stuck on his refrigerator with a sign of the fish magnet. Like many believers, he thanks God often for his blessings, for things as small as a beautiful day. Even Ned admits that most of the time he is "about as exciting as a baked potato." On the other hand, television doesn't always portray religious people as "out of touch"; there are many programmes that show religious people as "in touch" with the modern world. One example of this type of character would be the Geraldine Granger, from The Vicar of Dibley. The Vicar Of Dibley is one of many religious-themed sitcoms. The character is the kind-hearted, fun, chocolate-loving, joke-cracking, irreverent vicar who is like breath of fresh air and immediately became popular with the villagers. She is defiantly not out of touch and is unexpectedly funny to watch. Another character not represented as out of touch, is from the film Sister act. ...read more.

Conclusion

Although, I do think that religious characters are usually in the heart of most soap communities, as they bring culture to a programme. I found both in and out of touch in one programme, but I thought it was hard to find different programmes that represent religious people as "in touch" as there are not many programmes on television that are not comedies. This must mean that most television programmes represent religious people as "out of touch" with the modern world. I do not think this portrayal of religious people is right. I think this because many religious people can still have faith but still be in touch with the modern world. Some one having faith does not make you different to some one with out faith, like someone who is black skin is no different to someone who is white. We should not discriminate colour or creed. This portrayal can also mean that the younger generation and other views can stereotype all religious people to being "out of touch" with the modern world. It teaches people that someone with faith is different; this is can later cause many conflicts, like today. In some ways having faith is better as it means many people look for comfort and it also gives people morals to live in a modern society. ...read more.

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