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"Television always presents religious people as out of touch with the modern world" Do you agree? Give, reasons for your opinion, showing you have considered another point of view - You should refer to specific TV programmes.

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"Television always presents religious people as out of touch with the modern world." Do you agree? Give, reasons for your opinion, showing you have considered another point of view. You should refer to specific TV programmes. Television is a form of media, used in every day life. People watch television for many reasons, some to find out the latest news, and some for leisure and entertainment. The main reason that religious followers watch TV, however, is for religious purposes. Church and religion have an impact on people and they way they live their lives, even those, who are not Christians. The country, which we live in, has an established church of England religion; but overall we live in a pluralistic society, with a mixture of different religions and faiths. Additionally, many people's morals are based on religious values and teachings, such as the commandment that, "thou shall not kill," which as well as being lawfully wrong is widely viewed as an immoral act. Although religion is an important aspect of our lives it is not always addressed in the correct manner. Occasionally, in programmes such as "Father Ted," and "Eastenders," religious people are portrayed as out of touch with the modern world; as well as in "The Simpson's," where they are portrayed in a comedic way. ...read more.

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This is further shown through her comment on working with kids: "We are happy to work with any kids, in respect of whether they become Christians or not." As this shows Sharon is committed to Jesus and her work, of helping the children. Moreover, Sharon is a sympathetic character, who is patient and understanding with the children, who also feel that they can trust her. Overall in this programme the main religious character is presented in a positive light and as in touch with the modern world. Although the majority of the adults in the programme view Sharon in a negative light, the children have a positive impression of them. This is shown through the children's respect for Sharon, and the fact that she fits in with the children, and therefore with the society today and future of tomorrow, which the children of today will play a huge role in. Furthermore, the fact that the children are helped through problems such as suicide by Sharon, show the massively positive effects of her work. "Songs of Praise" is the next programme, which I watched. This is a religious programme, which shows people worshipping God through song. This programmes target audience is mature Christians. The fact that all the people are all Christians causes us to think of them as a bit strange and out of touch with our society because they appear to be perfect, squeaky clean people; something very uncommon in society. ...read more.

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This suggests an insincere approach to religion ion this programme, because Homer gives up his faith as though it is a joke. When we watch this programme, however, we come to expect to see these sorts of things because it is supposed to be funny and therefore, there for our personal entertainment, and not for directly religious purposes. In the programme, however, religion is also portrayed in a positive light through the main religious character Ned Flanders. This is illustrated through the way, which Ned does the good deed of saving his neighbour Homer from a house fire caused by his rejection of church, because if Homer had gone to church the fire would not have occurred at all. Overall, in this episode religion is portrayed in a positive way, showing Christians to be in touch with the modern world. Through my viewing and analysis of these five programmes I have come to the conclusion that Christianity on television although sometimes approached in a comedic manner is generally presented in a positive way. Furthermore, I have also come to believe that religious characters are often shown to be out of touch with our modern world and society and are sometimes shown to be in touch in programmes such as "The Eden Project" and "The Simpson's." I therefore feel that the importance role of religion in our society is not as thoroughly emphasized as it should be on television. ?? ?? ?? ?? OPTION 1 - RELIGION AND THE MEDIA (B). ASHLEY SIMON 1 10/05/2007 ...read more.

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